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Chelsea discover Miralem Pjanic transfer decision after 'sounding out' Barcelona star


Chelsea have been told that Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic does not want to join them despite their attempts to prise the 31-year-old away from his difficult spell at the Catalan club, according to reports.

Pjanic has endured a tough season in La Liga.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder started just six league games under Ronald Koeman.

He featured as a substitute on a further 13 occasions during a challenging season for Barcelona under the Dutchman.

Barca’s wait for a league title will extend into a third year, but former Everton boss Koeman remains set to stay. It will be their longest run without lifting La Liga in 13 years.

Atletico Madrid were crowned champions and finished seven points above Barca.

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He played four minutes in their 2-1 defeat against Celta Vigo before completing 16 in the 1-0 final day win over Eibar.

Pjanic complained about his lack of game time as far back as December, taking a swipe at Koeman in an interview with Gazetta dello Sport.

“Should I play more? Yes, and that’s what I want,” he said.

“Honestly, I don’t even understand the reason for this situation. It’s clear that I want to play a lot more.”

His future now appears to be away from the Nou Camp, despite having three years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined Barca last summer.

Clubs in England and Italy are believed plotting moves.

Chelsea have ‘sounded out’ Pjanic but he has told the Champions League winners that he does not want to join them, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

Instead, the former Juventus midfielder favours a return to Serie A.

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Pjanic made 178 appearances for Juventus before moving to Barcelona last summer. Prior to that, he had appeared 185 times for Roma.

But Chelsea look set to miss out on the experienced Bosnian, who would add to their rich depth in midfield.

It was midfield duo Mason Mount and Kai Havertz who combined to score the only goal of their Champions League final victory over Manchester City.

The latter collected Mount’s pass to finish past Ederson in the all-Premier League final.

Their pair played slightly ahead of fellow midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.

Mateo Kovacic appeared as a late substitute for Mount.





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