Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic declared that in 2014 he could move to the Allianz Stadium and said that Juventus was ‘representing excellence’.
Since Pjanic’s move to Turin, he has picked up three Scudetti, two Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana. Having established himself as one of the leading midfielders in Serie A, the former Roma player arrived for €32 m in July 2016.
But after moving from Olympique Lyonnais, the 30-year-old spent five seasons with Giallorossi. Because of the great competition at Bianconeri, he had decided to postpone his transfer.
Pjanic told Sonny Anderson on Instagram, “I could have moved to Juventus two years earlier. I thought that I would be among the best of the time. There were Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal, and other exceptional players.
“They worked wonderfully. Going directly into that context would have been complicated for me. It was better for me to stay in Rome with Rudi Garcia.”
“We were a good team, strong, but not like Juventus. They had a great environment. Then I said to myself that the time had come to enter the world of Juve.”
“When you enter the dressing room and see the names of the legends, you can tell that the club has a great history,” he said. “There’s the DNA of victory in everything. This club represents perfection, it’s winning because it works harder than the others.”
The Champions League title has eluded the Old Lady since 1995-96, and Pjanic has acknowledged that Bianconeri would ‘need some luck’ to go all the way when the tournament resumes.
“Juventus’ goal will be to win it. We will also need some luck, to have the whole team available. We are one of the five or six teams who want to take it home.”