It has been confirmed by a report coming from a few media outlets that Juventus star Miralem Pjanicturned down the chance to join Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham and to join the champions of Italy, Juventus. The 27-year-old player who is also known as ‘The Pianist’, had the chance of moving to England, though he opted for a move to Turin back then.
The player joined Juventus back in 2016 from AS Roma and has since then only grown as a player, making 50 league appearances and scoring 9 times for them. He has seen more success under manager Massimiliano Allegri, though was eyed as the perfect replacement for Luka Modric at White Hart Lane previously. The Gunners too have always been in need of more talented stars and Arsene Wenger has been trying his luck in the transfer market, with more frustration than joy coming his way.
However, the player has now stated that he has not regretted his decision to remain in the country that gave him so much, as he had very “good reasons” for doing so too. He further talked about those reasons and stated that he was happy playing football at that point of time, where he was already playing and just didn’t feel the need to move away from Italy.
“You want to know the names?” Pjanic replied when quizzed by The Telegraph on the Premier League sides he has turned down. “They were Arsenal and Tottenham.”
“There was the opportunity but at that moment I told them I was happy where I was and that’s why we didn’t sign the deal.
“But I made my choice using my head and if I made that choice not to go to an English team it was for good reasons.”
He will be facing off against Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the Champions League and will want to make an impact in this tie, as the Serie A giants look to go through at the expense of Spurs. The intensity was in full flow in his interview and the player suggested that he wanted to go all out and secure the win, which would surely make the Italians one of the top contenders to win Europe’s top cup competition as well.
“We are very competitive, very hungry and we definitely want to win it [the Champions League],” Pjanic added. “But Tottenham are a great team.”
He is surely one talented player which the English giants could have loved to add to their squad back then or even more recently and would have hoped that they could have convinced him to just do so. Despite that, the focus now that the north London giants would have is to make good of their matches in Europe, after they failed to catch hold of City at the top of the league.