October 20, 2021

The Barcelona manager retaliated against the exiled midfielder. ‘There are other players who are better than him’

A war of words has erupted between FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and midfielder Miralim Panjink. After the club failed to find a suitable buyer, Turkish side Besiktas were sent on loan at the last minute this summer.

Last week, Pejnik made it clear that he was not happy during the season spent in Barcelona under the Dutch manager. After joining the Catalan giants from Juventus in 2020, Bosnia International had a season of forgetfulness that was spent mostly on the bench.

Barcelona tried to reach an agreement to send him back to Juventus, but when that failed, he was sent to Turkey. Controversially, he told the Spanish publication Marca, “Komen insulted me,” while also claiming that there was a strange way to communicate with the manager.

“You need confidence and dialogue and things to say with your face. That never happened,” he said. “I like him telling me on his face that he doesn’t want me. He doesn’t talk to you and I don’t understand him.”

Now, Koeman has it. Replied, And there was no secret in his comments. “In terms of how we play, in terms of our ideas with and without the ball, he’s inferior to other midfielders,” Coeman said, adding that he understands why the player is disappointed.

The manager further explained that he had better options in his roster. “That’s all. I wish him well. It was complicated, but we tried and we saw that there are other players who are better than him.”

Pejnik will not be happy to hear Kojan speak, as others have speculated that the Bosnians’ style of play is not in line with Barcelona’s. After spending most of his career in Italy, Paganik is more accustomed to the slow pace of Serie A football. However, he said that if Koeman had talked to him about the necessary adjustments, he could have done his best to find out what he needed. For now, it looks like the relationship has broken down, and it remains to be seen what happens next summer when the player returns.

Miralium Pejnik.
Bosnian midfielder Merlim Pjینکnik arrives at Juventus’ Cantinasa training ground in Turin
Marco Bertorillo / AFP

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