Ronald Koeman hits back at Miralem Pjanic
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Ronald Koeman hits back at Miralem Pjanic

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has hit back at midfielder Miralem Pjanic's claims that he had disrespected him.

The Bosnia struggled for a place in the Barca team after arriving for Juventus and after failing to cement a place in the Ronald Koeman side, he moved this summer to Besiktas on a season-long loan deal.

"I couldn't get used to the situation I faced last year. I knew I didn't want it. I'm a player. I love playing football, this is what makes me happy. I always wanted to play for Barca but I didn't expect the situation to get so complicated," Pjanic told Marca earlier this week when asked if he felt disrespected by the Dutch tactician.

But Koeman in a separate interview with Mundo Deportivo has refuted the claims saying that he had better options in his midfield.

"I think it's a bit of frustration on the part of the player that I understand. But in our way of playing, in our ideas with the ball and without the ball, he has lost the battle with other midfielders, and nothing else.

"I wish him the best. It has been complicated. We have tried, we have tried and we have seen that there are other players better than him," Koeman said.

After only playing half of Barca's LaLiga games last term, Pjanic has since agreed to a salary cut of £3.4m with Barcelona, who will continue to pay him while on loan.

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