In an interview with calciomercato.it, Michele Gerbino said that Garcia made it plain to the club's management that he rated the Bosnian highly and refused to sanction any sale. Now the coach's faith is paying dividends, and Pjanic is rediscovering the form that he lost for parts of last season.
"Roma have had an excellent start to the championship and are showing great ability, concentration and belief in themselves. Miralem is back in form. The secret is in the simplicity and meticulousness of the work of the new coach, Garcia", Gerbino enthused.
"The criticisms [of Pjanic] in the past? He has matured and accepted them calmly and with great self awareness. It's only fair to note though that they only came from a small section of the fans. He has never lacked the affection and support of the Giallorossi supporters, even during moments of difficulty for the team. You only have to look at his Facebook page to understand how much he is loved".
Having already touched on Pjanic's relationship with Garcia, Gerbino went on to add that the former Lille coach was instrumental in keeping Pjanic at the club during the summer after the midfielder struggled under former coach Zdenek Zeman.
"The rapport with Garcia is excellent. There is frankness, trust and mutual respect. The coach has known about his potential for a long time, ever since the Metz youth teams, and wanted to put his faith in him.
"What was missing under the previous coaches? It's difficult to say, because his relationship with Luis Enrique was also great. With Zeman ... let's say that the Czech views football in a different way and he didn't fully understand it.
"In the summer there was a very strong chance that he might have left Roma. A lot of teams were interested in him, in particular Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg. But the new coach intervened and blocked the sale because, as I said, he believes a great deal in the player and the start to the season bears testament to this".
Although Pjanic might have been close to an exit during the last transfer window, now there is movement to tie him down to a new contract as his current deal only has two years to run.
"Myself and the rest of the player's entourage have a really good relationship with the Roma management. We know that they have other priorities than Miralem's contract renewal at the moment, as he has two years left. But talks are planned, though there is no fixed meeting yet.
"Sooner or later we will talk about it, without any hurry or pressure. It would be good for both parties for us to continue on this road together. Pjanic has never hidden that he is happy at Roma - he gets on really well with his team-mates, he likes the city and he is completely happy".