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Former European Footballer of the Year Pavel Nedved has opted to stay at Juventus even though the club has been demoted to Serie B for their part in Italy’s match-fixing scandal.

“I’ve never doubted that I would stay at Juventus,” the midfielder told the club website on Thursday.

“I don’t lack offers, but my family and I are settled in Turin and then I owe a lot to the club and the Agnelli family (who own the club), who have always been close to me,” the Czech added.

Nedved, who has been at Juventus since the start of the 2001-02 season, said his aim was to secure immediate promotion.

“I want to take Juventus straight back into Serie A, because that’s where it deserves to be,” he said.

“Our titles were deserved. We have always given everything on the pitch, we had a great team and we beat some great sides. We won honestly and I’m proud of that,” he said.

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