Pjanic talks up Juventus relationships despite links elsewhere

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Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic has dealt with transfer rumors before, and this summer is no different.

Despite links to teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Barcelona, the 28-year-old Bosnian international is purely focused on his work in Turin.

“I’m here, I’m very happy in this group and I’m working well,” Pjanic said to Sky Sports Italy. “I know the market is like this, there could be things that interest you, sometimes not. But I am very happy about what I’m doing. I’m very happy with what I’ve done in the last two seasons. I’m in a good group and I have a great relationship with the coach. I’m doing my best to prepare for next season.”

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Pjanic scored five goals and assisted 11 more in 31 league appearances last season as Juventus nipped Napoli for the Serie A title. A pure central midfield by trade, he is versatile enough to sit deep in a more defensive role or play forward and feed Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, and Mario Mandzukic – or maybe even Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

Pjanic started and played 71 minutes in the 2-0 friendly win over Bayern Munich, fully focused on getting ready for the coming season. His contract runs through the summer of 2021, giving him three more full years under team control.f