Ljajic: I want to remain at Roma

The Serbia international says he enjoys playing in Rudi Garcia’s side, while the 22-year-old has also hailed Miralem Pjanic’s goal against AC Milan as a once-in-a-lifetime strike

Adem Ljajic has revealed that he wants to remain at Roma “for a long time” but says that his future will only be decided at the end of the season.

The Serbia international only joined the Giallorossi from Fiorentina for an initial €11 million last summer but he has failed to nail down a regular starting berth in Rudi Garcia’s team and Viola boss Vincenzo Montella admitted last week that he would welcome the 22-year-old back at the Artemio Franchi with open arms.

However, while Ljajic freely admits the he does not know what the future holds for him, he is hoping that he will still be at the Stadio Olimpico next season.

“I hope to stay at Roma for a long time,” the attacker told Sky Sport Italia. “I like this city and I like playing in this team.

“We’ll see at the end of the season what the club decide. We’ll speak again when the championship’s finished.”

Ljajic was speaking after playing his part in a 2-0 win over AC Milan that saw Roma move back to within five points of Serie A leaders Juventus, who play Sassuolo on Monday.

He was more concerned, though, with paying tribute to team-mate Miralem Pjanic, who broke the deadlock in the Italian capital with a sensational solo strike.

“In the first 15 minutes, we didn’t play well but then we raised our rhythm and Pjanic scored a goal the likes of which you only see once in your life,” he enthused. “After the break, we played our game and the victory arrived like this.

“We’re not going to give up until the end but it doesn’t depend solely on us. We’re waiting for Juventus here [on May 9]. We can win against anyone.”