Miralem Pjanić has spoken on camera for the first time since signing for Barcelona, posting a quick message to greet the supporters of his new club.
In a video posted over social media, the Bosnian spoke a bit of Catalan as a way to endear himself to the fans.
The quick message simply said: “I’m so happy. I’ll give everything for this club. See you soon. Força Barça!”
Pjanić giving Catalan a try: “I’m so happy. I’ll give everything for this club. See you soon. Força Barça!”— Luis Mazariegos (@luism8989) June 30, 2020
"Estic molt feliç" is practically a cliche saying for new signings, I remember Neymar saying that after leaving Santospic.twitter.com/vIXi5W9YV7
Pjanić was involved in a swap with Juventus that sent Arthur the other way. Both players will not join until the end of the season. Barcelona will pocket some money as an additional fee, as well.
The deal has been called a “creative accounting trick” to balance the books, and Barcelona fans responded in anger and disappointment on social media at the prospect of selling the 23-year-old Arthur for the 30-year-old Pjanić.
However, other observers have praised Pjanić’s ability, considering him an upgrade over Arthur, including former Juventus director Luciano Moggi.