Saturday, 19 May 2007

Nedved: We've paid our dues

Pavel Nedved has hinted he will continue for at least another year, as he still has "so much motivation" with Juventus.

The former Ballon d’Or winner decided to stay with the club after their demotion to Serie B in the Calciopoli scandal and today’s 5-1 win at Arezzo mathematically sealed their promotion.

"This is a great joy, a feeling I had waited a whole year to celebrate and we all worked so very hard for it," said the Czech midfielder.

Nedved had considered retirement over the last couple of years, but always found reason to continue. "It is true I am struggling physically, but I can still keep pace with the youngsters and am very motivated now we have found the top flight, a journey we have been on for a year."

The Bianconeri topped the table with three rounds to go despite starting from a nine-point penalty. "It was not easy and I think we showed real character. We have repaid the Juve fans and above all have paid our dues. Now we have done our duty by bringing this club back into Serie A."

Giorgio Chiellini also scored a brace in today’s 5-1 victory, despite netting only once before all season. "It was important to get back into Serie A and we have suffered a great deal in these months," said the defender.

"We earned back the top flight on the field and proved that we suffered an injustice."

[Juve clinch promotion]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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