Miralem Pjanic alleged that he was proposed the chance to serve France, but turning his back on Bosnia-Herzegovina would have broken his heart.
The then head coach of France, Raymond Domenech, telephoned him, during his career in Ligue 1, about the prospect of making himself available for Les Bleus.
After a call from Raymond Domenech, Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic turned down the chance to represent France’s national team.
“Yes, I could have played for the France team when I arrived in Lyon, but I said a few days before that my dream was Bosnia,” Pjanic, 30, told Canal Plus.
“Domenech called me, but I had already made up my mind. I thanked him of course, but I preferred to be realistic.”
“For me, the France team, it was too much [to break into] at that time. And it would have hurt my heart if, on the other side, Bosnia was watching one of its own playing for the France team.”