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Maurizio Sarri: Barcelona move not affecting Miralem Pjanić inclusion

Barcelona has slapped an eye-watering buyout clause of nearly $450 million (400m euros) on new signing Miralem Pjanić.

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri insists Miralem Pjanić joining Barcelona has nothing to do with his recent exclusion from the side.

Juve and Barça have agreed a deal that involves Pjanić heading to Camp Nou at the end of the season, with fellow midfielder Arthur going in the opposite direction.

But the Bosnia international has started one game from a possible four since the transfer was confirmed – but Sarri insists there are other reasons influencing his decision making.

“I don’t know Arthur’s situation and I don’t care,” he told reporters. “Pjanić is the one in our group.

“I have no doubts about his professionalism and therefore, if I made different choices, it was for technical and tactical reasons related to the matches.

“From tomorrow, he will be taken into consideration like everyone else.

“You just haven’t seen him in the last two games where we made different choices. We played against teams that make physicality their weapon.”

Juventus can win their ninth successive Serie A title with victory over Sampdoria on Sunday.

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