'I am not Zinedine Zidane' - Roma's Miralem Pjanic insists he cannot be compared to France legend

Bosnia-Herzegovina international is hoping to take inspiration from former Serie A stars, including the current Real Madrid director of football and Diego Maradona
Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is keen to underline he is not like Zinedine Zidane, but he will seek to demonstrate all his qualities following his move from Lyon.

The Italian club paid a reported €11 million for the 21-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina international, who signed a four-year deal.

Expectations are high, and Pjanic ensured he is ready to climb the ladder as Roma prepare for Sunday's Serie A clash against Cagliari at the Olimpico.

"Me like Zidane? No. We cannot say this. I am inspired by Zidane, but also by players like Diego Maradona," Pjanic is quoted as saying by the Corriere dello Sport.

And signing for Roma was easy after being convinced by coach Luis Enrique.

"Roma wanted me a lot and so this is what convinced me," he added.

"You cannot say no to a club like Roma. I have also seen the way the coach works, and I like it."

Pjanic is also hoping to learn a thing or two from club legend Francesco Totti.

"He is a world champion. Not everyone wins the World Cup. I hope to learn by playing with him," Pjanic concluded.

Kick-off against Cagliari is on Sunday at 15:00 (CET).