By Alex Demarco

Despite a career that was full of individual and collective honours, former Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved has revealed that his one major regret was not getting the chance to play for Manchester United.

Widely considered to be one of the finest players of his generation, the Czech playmaker turned out for two of Italy’s biggest teams, Lazio and Juventus.

However, Nedved has admitted he envied compatriot Karel Poborsky, who was a Red Devil for two seasons between 1996 and 1998.

“A regret? That I never played for Manchester United – I’d have liked that,” he told Czech newspaper Idnes.

“I was a little bit jealous of Karel Poborsky who played in Manchester and experienced great matches.”

In 2003, Nedved won the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Paolo Maldini and Thierry Henry, such was the Czech midfielder’s pedigree.

Five impressive seasons with Lazio, between 1996 and 2001, saw him win a number of trophies, including Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

However, when Zinedine Zidane swapped Turin for Madrid in the summer of 2001, Juventus paid £37 million to prise Nedved away from the capital city side and he led them to four Serie A titles.

The left-footed star also played a role in the Bianconeri making it to the final of the Champions League in 2003, which they lost to rivals AC Milan, at Old Trafford.

The Premier League’s loss was clearly Serie A’s gain, as he continued to play for Juventus for a further six years, eventually hanging up his boots in 2009, aged 36.


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