Miralem Pjanic has recommitted himself to Roma for the time being, and his statement couldn’t have come at a better time for the Serie A leaders.
The Giallorossi maintain a one point lead in the Italian top flight over two-time reigning champions Juventus, having won 10 straight to open the term before stumbling slightly with back-to-back 1-1 draws against Torino and Sassuolo. With competition for the top spot in the standings only going to get hotter for Rudi Garcia‘s men as the campaign moves forward, the club’s most prized young asset has provided a major psychological boost in asserting that he won’t be leaving the Stadio Olimpico anytime soon.
“I won’t exclude the possibility of one day playing elsewhere, but I doubt this will happen soon,” he told reporters. “It certainly won’t be in January, which is what some people have said, and certainly not in the next year and a half either.”
Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the Bosnia international in the winter transfer window, but with Pjanic’s declaration, have been sent a clear warning to turn elsewhere in pursuit of reinforcement. Roma will be pleased with such a firm commitment from the playmaker, an integral part of the side’s cracking start to the season, no longer having to face the distraction of rumors in the papers that comes along with superb performance nowadays.
Garcia’s system in the Italian capital would simply be incomplete without the former Lyon man, who has taken up his mantle under the Frenchman as the most advanced player in a three-man midfield to form a deadly and quite brilliantly balanced partnership with Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman.
With a trio of goals and four assists to his name this season, not only has Pjanic provided the goods, but seen his teammates prosper from it, directly in line with the cohesive possession brand of soccer his coach has installed at the Stadio Olimpico. His importance has become even greater over the past month, as captain and creative force Francesco Totti has missed out due to injury, taking responsibility to fill the void left by one of the most heralded attackers in the game’s history, and doing so with aplomb and conviction beyond his years.
In short, Roma needs Pjanic. The side quite bluntly couldn’t function the same way it does without his influence, which will only grow with time as he matures further at the age of only 23. The potential he still maintains at this time is a frightening prospect, given his phenomenal skill already, and maybe when he reaches his limit, he will then be keen to try his hand at another club.
For now, he will stay with the Giallorossi at great benefit to the club, and as the Stadio Olimpico outfit continues to battle for a first Serie A title since the 2000-01 campaign, few things could be better news for all with a stake in Roma’s fortunes.