Pavel Nedved reveals Manchester United move was on table after Calciopoli
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.
“I’ve always appreciated English football and the Premier League, I’ve always liked it,” he told The Telegraph.
“My agent received some offers and I have always been a great supporter of Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, specifically, at that time.
“They were certainly one of our greatest opponents and also a great source of inspiration and drive and desire.
“He (Ferguson) achieved great things, unprecedented things and I don’t know if anyone else in the future will be able to achieve what he did.”
Nedved was one of several world-class players to stay with Juventus following their relegation to Serie B and help the club return to the top flight at the first attempt, along with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet.
“I have always been asked this question – whether it was difficult or not to stay in that critical moment,” Nedved said.
“And my answer has always been no. It was actually easy to stay. The other players who made the same decision thought the same – that is: what would have happened if we had all left the club?
“We decided to stay because we felt the responsibility (that word again) to return to the club exactly what we had received. The club believed in us so it was the right time to give back. That’s why it was easy.”