A.S. Roma have enjoyed one of their finest seasons in recent history in 2013-14, and ahead of their big showdown with Juventus on Sunday, fans received the joyous news star midfielder Miralem Pjanic put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at the club for the next four seasons.
The club's official website announced the news:
AS Roma wish to announce that an agreement has been reached with Miralem Pjanic for the extension of his current contract, which was was due to expire on June 30, 2015. The new agreement is for four years, with an expiration date of June 30, 2018.
The 24-year-old Bosnian was in sensational form this season and played a vital role in the Giallorossi's resurgence, acting as the team's main creative threat in midfield and forming the link between one of Serie A's most potent offensive units and a defence spearheaded by midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
His excellent form reportedly had numerous foreign clubs preparing an offer for the upcoming summer transfer window, as shared by Get French Football:
El Mundo Deportivo had linked the player with a move to Barcelona on Saturday, via Transfer Scoop:
Despite rejecting offers of €30m, Barcelona officials hope they can sign Miralem Pjanic for as little as €12 million. (El Mundo Deportivo)— TransferScoop (@TransferScoop) May 10, 2014
The upcoming World Cup could have given Pjanic a chance to boost his transfer value even more, as he will be one of the main men on a Bosnian squad making their inaugural appearance at a World Cup.
Roma clearly didn't feel like waiting for such a thing to happen, however, and the timing of the announcement of this new contract suggests the Giallorossi made this new deal for Pjanic a priority ahead of the transfer window.
This move is cause for even more optimism amongst the fanbase of arguably Italy's most up-and-coming team. Led by the likes of Pjanic, Mattia Destro and Alessio Romagnoli, Roma field one of the youngest, most exciting teams in all of Serie A.
Gianlucadimarzio.com's David Amoyal, meanwhile, thinks the proposed new stadium for the team will give the kind of competitive and financial advantage that has made Juventus into the absolute giant of Italian football these days:
Said it many times one of Juve's biggest edges in Serie A is their homefield advantage, Roma is smart in wanting to build a new stadium— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) April 19, 2014
By locking up a key contributor to the team, Roma are sending a message to the rest of Serie A, and by extension the world of football in general. After seasons of playing second fiddle to the likes of Juventus, Milan and Internazionale, the Giallorossi are ready to step up and become a true contender themselves.
Roma will finish the 2013-14 Serie A season in second place, a tremendous achievement for such a young squad. This deal is but the first step in ensuring next season will be an even better one for the capital club.