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Miralem Pjanić has spoken out after a quote posted on his Instagram story appeared to be directed at departing Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
The Bosnian posted the words "Know when to let that s*** go", leading many to conclude that it was in reference to Koeman, who exiled Pjanić out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the season.
But journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the Bosnian took to Instagram once again to refute those claims, insisting the words were taken out of context.
Miralem Pjanic statement after Ronald Koeman been sacked by Barcelona. :bookmark_tabs::arrow_heading_down: #FCB #Pjanic
"I respect everyone and I'll continue. I wish Ronald Koeman the best of luck in his journey". pic.twitter.com/k4LEHtzIDp
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 28, 2021
There appeared to be no ill feeling between Pjanić and the Dutchman, as the midfielder said: "I respect everyone and I'll continue. I wish Ronald Koeman the best of luck in his journey".
"I still don't know exactly what Koeman wanted. He didn't try to explain things to me or to try to find a solution."
"It was me who was going to ask him what he wanted from me, whether I am doing bad or good and to see if he could put me in the team quicker.
"In a season, you need 17-18 players to win titles. But for him, he didn't say if there were any problems with my game, he didn't give me answers."
Koeman was sacked as Barça boss on Wednesday after a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano - the side's fourth loss in their last six games.
Pjanić is due back at the Camp Nou at the conclusion of season-long loan at Besiktas next summer. The 31-year-old has made seven appearances across all competitions for the Turkish club to date, registering four assists.
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