Miralem Pjanic’s Tuesday started with him being one of the five players who were posing with Juventus’ new away kit, as he showed off his best modeling skills just like he’s done with other new jersey roll outs. By the time it was approaching dinner, Juve were announcing the anticipated Pjanic-related news we all figured was happening soon.
Pjanic is going to be staying in Turin for a while longer.
And probably posing in more jerseys come the start of new seasons.
Juventus announced via their various social media accounts that Pjanic has agreed to a contract extension that will add on another two years to his previous deal. Now, instead of a contract that runs until 2021, Pjanic will see his contract go all the way until the end of the 2022-23 season, spanning all the way until he’s already celebrated his 33rd birthday.
While not included in Juve’s announcement of the new deal, Pjanic will reportedly earn €6.5 million a season after signing his brand new contract.
Pjanic, 28, arrived two summers ago from Roma in a deal that cost the Italian champions €32 million. Considering what central midfielders that are of Pjanic’s skill level are going for these days — crazy transfer prices are absolutely crazy — spending that amount of money on somebody who can pass the ball like he can seems like a complete steal at times.
While other spots in Juve’s midfield still need to be figured out, it’s clear that Pjanic is going to continue to be the one who makes that area of the team go. He might not be coming off the best season in 2017-18, but with the additions that Juventus have made this summer, one of the biggest beneficiaries could very well be Pjanic.
But we already know that he’s one of the best dead-ball specialists there is.
And we also know that he’s capable of dropping dimes like there’s no tomorrow.
There’s also this after Tuesday’s announcement: Pjanic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon — which is a pretty good thing to hear after there were plenty of a Mire-related transfer rumors in late-July and early-August.
Congrats on the new contract, Miralem. Now go buy Edin something nice at the toy store.