'I want to understand': Frank Leboeuf baffled by the situation involving reported Chelsea target

Former Chelsea defender Frank Lebouef could not work out how Miralem Pjanic has found himself in such a perilous position at Barcelona.

Speaking on ESPN, Lebouef reflected on Pjanic’s imminent exit from the Spanish giants.

Goal recently reported that the 31-year-old was on the verge of being released by Barca, due to financial cutbacks and squad downsizing.

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The Bosnian is one of the club’s highest earners, following his £66m (Guardian) transfer from Juventus last summer.


Despite his major money move, Pjanic has hardly been a part of Barcelona’s plans and looks a shadow of his former self.

He started just six La Liga games last season, the last of which arriving in February.

If the midfielder is to be let go, Chelsea might want to act quickly if they are serious about signing him.

According to the Sun, the Blues are interested in Pjanic, as are many of Europe’s elite.

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Lebouef bemused

With his time at the Camp Nou seemingly coming to an end, Leboeuf could not believe how the player had got himself into this predicament in the first place.

“I want to see, and I want to understand, how the agent agreed to put Pjanic in Barcelona knowing that his player is never going to play,” said the ex-Blues centre-back.

“In Barcelona, who decided to buy that player knowing that he will never play?

“I want to know that. I want those people to talk to us about football and to explain their thoughts about that, ruining the end of a career of a player.”

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Of course, Barcelona’s loss could be Chelsea’s gain.

Permitted Pjanic is axed this transfer window, Ronald Koeman’s side would still have to pay off all his wages, as his contract doesn’t run out until 2024.

Meaning the Blues would not have to worry about funding his bills.

There is still life in the four-time Serie A champion; he just needs a new canvas to work his art.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.