Rudi Garcia defiant on Miralem Pjanic
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Roma coach Rudi Garcia was clear in his response to Paris Saint-Germain's interest in Miralem Pjanic, declaring the midfielder is "not for sale."
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PSG are keen to strengthen their midfield this winter and coach Laurent Blanc revealed in a news conference on Friday that the French champions would happily bring former Lyon man Pjanic, 23, back to Ligue 1.
Roma, however, are understandably less enthusiastic about losing a key component of their side, and Garcia told the media that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international will remain in a Giallorossi shirt.
"Blanc can say what he likes. I liked the response of the club [Roma] when they said he wasn't for sale,” Garcia said. “Pjanic has no doubts over the competition for places with [Radja] Nainggolan. He knows that in a club like this there are quality players and competition. Miralem isn't for sale, there are no talks."
Luxembourg-born Pjanic, who came through the Metz youth academy and then spent three years at Lyon before joining Roma in 2011, is seen by PSG as an alternative to Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who remains their primary transfer target.