Ljajic hails Pjanic: It was a once in a lifetime strike

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

Adem Ljajic has praised Roma team-mate Miralem Pjanic for his contribution in the 2-0 win over AC Milan.

With Juventus on the verge of another title, Rudi Garcia’s men had to pick up maximum points to prevent the Turin giants potentially claiming the crown on Monday night, and the Bosnian’s fine solo goal combined with Gervinho’s second-half strike to secure maximum points for the capital side.

And Ljajic paid tribute to his colleague for making a vital breakthrough.

“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.”

Meanwhile, he 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.”