Last Updated: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:31
Tottenham's hopes of landing Miralem Pjanic are fading after the midfielder expressed his desire to remain in Italy with Roma.
Pjanic was thought to be high on Andre Villas-Boas' wanted list but the 23-year-old has made it clear he isn't looking to move on in the immediate future.
The £20 million-rated playmaker, who has also been attracting interest from Arsenal, joined the Serie A outfit from Lyon in 2011 on a four-year deal reportedly worth around £9.5m.
However, he hasn't yet signed an extension which has fuelled speculation that he could be on his way out of Roma with a number of potential suitors, including Spurs and the Gunners, waiting in the wings.
Pjanic told Roma's official website: "I don't want to leave. Everyone at the club knows that.
"I've always wanted to stay here. I want to give everything to start the season well.
"I don't know about the financial situation at the club. A new contract? It doesn't happen overnight. We're talking about it.
"The desire is there and we'll see what happens in the future.
"There are a number of us in that position (midfield) and whoever's on form will be in the team.
"The coach will find the right system. We need to do what we can to let the new signings settle.
"There are some great players who can help us to achieve success. Then it'll be up to the coach to decide who to pick."
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