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Roma's Miralem Pjanic hands in transfer request, asks to join Juventus

Miralem Pjanic has informed Roma of his desire to join Juventus, Giallorossi general manager Mauro Baldissoni has confirmed in an interview with Roma Radio.

However, Baldissoni has strongly denied Roma are actively trying to sell Pjanic and has made public a letter from the Bosnian midfielder in which he expresses a desire to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to be transferred.

Baldissoni said: "When professional boundaries are crossed we believe we have to intervene. This morning we read yet more rubbish about the Pjanic affair, coming after reports over the last few days about whether or not there is even a clause. All this does is stir up ridiculous feuds within the city.

"Today we read about a personal message on WhatsApp, according to which it was Roma who contacted Juventus. Let's get one thing straight: In a normal world a club director should not have to come here and give a radio interview in order to deny something that is nonsense, yet sadly it has become necessary because of the violent atmosphere that has been created in the city."

Baldissoni went on to claim the letter from Pjanic read: "I herewith wish to inform you of my intention to exercise my right to be transferred to another club, as per our previous agreements.

"I also wish to inform you that I will settle the 20 percent of the transfer fee that is due to me directly with the club purchasing my contract, which I can inform you is Juventus Football Club. I thank you and ask you to make contact in order to complete the necessary contractual formalities."

Pjanic denied to Baldissoni that he was responsible for stories that have circulated about his future.

Baldissoni said: "I spoke to the boy and he said, 'I never speak to journalists.' I told him to think carefully. Maybe, to try and defend himself from certain insults -- because he has been insulted -- he wrote to someone to try and get out of it. He told me that's not the case, although it may have happened."

Baldissoni also underlined the stance of Roma and president James Pallotta that they do not want Pjanic to leave, but that it is out of their hands.

He said: "President Pallotta has come out and said in very good faith -- showing you how transparent he is -- that he didn't want to sell Pjanic, and that's true. But he's also said, recently as well, that it doesn't depend on us because Pjanic has a clause."