Pjanic bids farewell to Roma

Miralem Pjanic has bid his Roma fans farewell after Monday's announcement that his widely expected move to Juventus ha been completed.

The Bosnian's contract with Roma, which was renewed in 2014 and would have seen the player remain in Rome until 2018, included a €35m release clause. 

This reasonable fee meant that after a stellar season for The Giallorossi, it was a virtual certainty that the player would be on his way come the summer transfer window, with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea reportedly interested.

As it happened, Roma's Serie A rivals, Juventus, secured the 26-year-old's signature.

The midfielder penned a letter to Roma fans on his Facebook page.

"A few days ago," it read. "One of the most important chapters of my life ended, and not just in a sporting sense.

"I waved goodbye to Rome after a fantastic time here. I was little more than a boy when I arrived, this city accompanied me on the paths which led me to becoming a man and a father.

"I’ll always remember with affection the fans and the friends that I’m leaving in the dressing room and in the city, even now I’m starting this new adventure now.

"Ciao Roma."

The club's manager, Luciano Spalletti, urged supporters to make peace with the transfer and not feel betrayed by the player. 

"Pjanic was an important player for us and he will be for Juventus, but he remains a truly exceptional guy and there’s no point attacking him as a person. He is an exceptional professional," the tactician told Sky Sport Italia.