"Why would I leave?!" - Manchester United-linked midfielder puts an end to transfer rumours

Miralem Pjanic

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has poured cold water on rumours linking him with Manchester United, saying he loves the Italian capital.

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal splashed out almost £150m on new signings this summer, with Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arriving, and whilst there have been some teething problems from the new area, United currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League - a position they would probably take at the end of the season.

Yet despite that huge outlay, more new signings have been speculated. Roma's midfield duo Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan have been tipped as primary targets for van Gaal in the January transfer window, and their fellow midfielder at the Stadio Olimpico, Miralem Pjanic, has put an end to any rumours of a move away from the club, with speculation linking him with United for almost a year now.

"Football has changed and at times the clubs need money, it’s not always the player who wants to leave," said Pjanic. "I had the opportunity to leave, but I feel so good here that I ask myself why should I leave Roma? Why should I leave when I love this team, I love this city and I want to win here?"

It's believed that Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also been watching the Bosnian, with the 24-year-old establishing himself as one of the best midfield players in Europe over the last 18 months.

However, with Roma now building a formidable side under Rudi Garcia, it seems Pjanic is pledging his future to the Roma project rather than jumping ship to a team like Manchester United.

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