Pavel Nedved reveals Manchester United move was on table after Calciopoli

Pavel Nedved

The Czech Republic great, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2003, decided to stay with the Turin club after their demotion rather than moving to his English club of choice, Manchester United.

Nedved remained with the Old Lady until his retirement in 2009 and has since become a director at the club, but he has now revealed that another path was available to him.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.