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Miralem Pjanic says Barcelona move is a ‘big challenge’

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The midfielder has been talking about his forthcoming move

Miralem Pjanic of Juventus FC during the Serie A match... Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

Miralem Pjanic has been talking about his impending move to Barcelona and says he is looking forward to a “big challenge” at the Camp Nou.

The 30-year-old will join from Juventus on a four-year contract at the end of the season in a deal that will see Arthur move the other way.

There’s been plenty of criticism about the deal, with Barca bringing in another veteran midfielder, but Pjanic is looking forward to life in La Liga.

“First impressions are very positive. It took a long time. There was talk about the transfer years ago, there were contacts, and now it’s finally over.

“It wasn’t easy to leave a club like Juventus. It was hard for me, but well, if I had to leave, then it could only have been a club like Barcelona. That was my only option. It’s a big challenge and the crown of my career.

“I don’t feel pressure for any reason. The transfer happened because all four sides, two clubs and two players accepted it.

“I have the pressure like any other footballer who plays in such a big club. At Juventus you have to win every game, and so too at Barcelona.

Source | Klix

Pjanic will finish the season with Juventus where he’ll be hoping to pick up his fourth league title with the Serie A giants. Maurizio Sarri’s side are seven points clear with eight games left.

Juventus are also still in the Champions League. They lost the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-0 to Lyon with the return leg scheduled for August 7.