The Bosnian midfielder recently sealed a season-long loan move to Turkish club Besiktas after falling down the pecking order.
The Bosnian midfielder recently sealed a season-long loan switch to Besiktas after finding out that he is not in the plans of Koeman.
Pjanic had earlier accused Koeman of curbing his development, claiming he hasn’t had better communication with the Dutch gaffer.
Koeman has now come up with a response for Pjanic’s accusation, stating that the midfielder’s comments are just out of frustration.
The former Netherlands national team manager also added that the Catalan club has better midfielders than the Bosnian.
Koeman said: “I think it’s a bit of frustration on the part of the player that I understand.
“But in our way of playing, in our ideas with the ball and without the ball, he has lost the battle with other midfielders, and nothing else.
“I wish him the best. It has been complicated. We have tried, we have tried and we have seen that there are other players better than him.”
Pjanic was swapped for Brazilian midfielder Arthur last summer, with the latter heading to Juventus. The decision of La Liga giants for the swap deal had more to do with correction of financial books than sporting merits.
However, as it turned out, the 31-year-old struggled to beat the likes of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Pedri for a place in the starting line-up at the Nou Camp.
Pjanic was linked with a return to Bianconeri during the summer transfer window but the deal couldn’t materialise. The Italian giants instead signed Manuel Locatelli from Sassuolo.