‘I want to stay’ - Tottenham and Manchester United won’t be signing £15m playmaker

Manchester City are also interested but Miralem Pjanic will not be moving to the Premier League in January, next summer or the year after that.

This summer saw Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas finally get his wish, of a director of football at White Hart Lane for him to pass on much of the player recruitment policies on to this summer.

Franco Baldini arrived from AS Roma and has managed to bring in the likes of Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho - he also raided his former team to bring in one of their star players.

Baldini was the mastermind behind the decision to sign Erik Lamela from the Italian capital in a £30 million deal - but the Argentine was not the only player at the Giallorossi that Spurs had their eyes on this summer.

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Bosnian international Miralem Pjanic was also heavily linked with a move to Spurs - after an excellent season in a struggling Roma side.

But Tottenham’s interest was not singular - they had mutual friends in the race for the 23-year-old. Manchester United, still searching for a replacement for Paul Scholes, were also said to be looking into signing the player.

Their rivals Manchester City were also credited with an interest - as were the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Juventus.

And why not? This season in the swashbuckling Roma campaign the midfield maestro has been a major cog in their excellent form so far.

But if any of those teams still want to buy him, they seem to stand no chance anymore.

Because Pjanic has made it clear that he is going nowhere:

“I want to stay at Roma. I won’t exclude the possibility of one day playing elsewhere, but I doubt this will happen soon. “It certainly won’t be in January, which is what some people have said, and certainly not in the next year and a half either.”

Roma are also said to be readying a new deal for the star, which will tie him down for longer than his current deal - which ends in June 2015.

So if they want Pjanic … Tottenham, United and even City will have to think again.

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