Tottenham’s hopes of signing Miralem Pjanic from Roma have been dashed after the playmaker insisted he wanted to remain in the Italian capital, according to talkSPORT.
Roma were concerned that Pjanic could be swayed by Spurs, however the 23-year-old has made his wishes clear.
“I don’t want to leave and the club know that. Perhaps there was interest in me, but my objective has always been very clear,” said the Bosnian.
“I want to stay here and I arrived at pre-season prepared to help the team and start the championship well.
“Saying that, you never know what can happen in the transfer market and I don’t know the financial situation of the club, but I want to stay and they are aware of my desire.”
Pjanic, also rumoured to be admired by Barcelona, has a contract running until 2015, but negotiations are already underway to secure an extension.
“A renewal will take time,” he added.
“We are talking about it, there is a desire there and we’ll just have to see what happens.”
Since signing from Lyon in 2011, Pjanic has made 60 appearances for Roma, scoring seven and creating another 17.
He is also a mainstay in a Bosnian side which is currently on course to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.
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