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Miralem Pjanic re-affirms Roma commitment amid Manchester United link

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Miralem Pjanic appears to have distanced himself from a potential exit from Roma amid continued interest from Manchester United.

According to the latest speculation that comes courtesy of the Daily Express, the Red Devils were linked with a £25 million move for Bosnian international Pjanic during the most recent transfer window but ultimately could not complete any deal. 

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Links with Old Trafford do not appear to have died down, either, but Pjanic - who has confirmed he did have the opportunity to move on this summer - is not particularly keen to depart the Stadio Olimpico anytime soon with Roma having enjoyed such a positive start to the 2014/15 campaign.

"Football has changed and at times the clubs need money, it's not always the player who wants to leave," the 24-year-old was quoted in an interview brought to our attention by the Express.

"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?" - Miralem Pjanic

With five wins from their opening six domestic fixtures, Roma - who finished runners-up to Juventus last season - currently sit second in Serie A ahead of their fixture against struggling Chievo on Saturday.

Giallorossi's return to the Champions League has also been encouraging, with their 1-1 draw against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last month keeping their unbeaten European start intact.

Key to success

Pjanic has been instrumental to that success, of course, with perhaps the finest demonstration of his considerable quality coming with a fantastic late free-kick that secured a 2-1 victory over Parma in September.

Manchester United have witnessed the former Lyon midfielder's talent first-hand once already this year, when Louis van Gaal's side met Roma in friendly during their pre-season tour of the United States.

Although the Italians were ultimately defeated 3-2 in Denver, Pjanic stole the show with an audacious shot from his own half that caught Ben Amos totally off-guard and sailed gorgeously into the back of the net.

Whether Manchester United will renew their attempts to sign Pjanic in January after such a declaration remains to be seen. While he is unquestionably an extremely gifted attacking player, Van Gaal - who sanctioned deals for the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao towards the end of the transfer deadline - should first look to strengthen his fragile defensive options before adding yet more competition for places in the final third.

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