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'It's huge to have him alongside us': Miralem Pjanic is finally unveiled as Barcelona's new No 8 as midfielder admits it would have been 'strange' to see Lionel Messi in another shirt Miralem Pjanic was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player on Tuesday  The midfielder's arrival was delayed after he tested positive for Covid-19 Pjanic will wear the No 8 shirt which was previously worn by Andreas Iniesta The 30-year-old said it was huge the club held on to captain Lionel Messi 

By Kathryn Batte For Mailonline

Published: 14:50 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 14:50 BST, 15 September 2020

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Miralem Pjanic claimed it would have been strange to see Lionel Messi in another shirt this season as he was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player.

Pjanic, who was part of a swap deal which involved Arthur joining his former side Juventus, was delayed arriving in Spain after testing positive for coronavirus in August.

The midfielder will take Arthur's No 8 shirt which has also been worn by club legend Andreas Iniesta. The 30-year-old spoke about his pride at signing for the Catalan club and the importance of club captain Messi remaining at the Nou Camp.

Miralem Pjanic was unveiled as Barcelona's new No 8 after his arrival was delayed by Covid-19

Miralem Pjanic was unveiled as Barcelona's new No 8 after his arrival was delayed by Covid-19

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