‘I would’ve followed him to any club in the world, but not to Inter’: Juventus legend Pavel Nedved admits Jose Mourinho almost prolonged his retirement with the hope of winning the Champions League
- Pavel Nedved has revealed Jose Mourinho wanted him at Inter Milan
- The Juventus legend was on the verge of retiring after a trophy-laden career
- Mourinho, who Inter manager at the time, asked him to join him at the San Siro
- Nedved admits he considered the move but would not leave for Juve’s rivals
- Mourinho would go on to win the treble that season with Inter Milan in 2009
Pavel Nedved has revealed Jose Mourinho wanted him at Inter Milan before they would go on to win their historic treble – but the Czech star admits he couldn’t bring himself to leave for Juventus’ fierce rivals.
Mourinho approached Nedved in 2009 after completing his first season at the San Siro that saw him win the Serie A and Supercoppa Italiana.
Nedved, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2003, announced that he would be hanging up his boots that summer, which prompted Mourinho to call the Juventus legend to reconsider.
Ballon d’Or winner Pavel Nedved has revealed how Jose Mourinho wanted him at Inter Milan
Mourinho wanted Nedved in 2009, the summer before Inter would win the historic treble
The Juventus vice-president insisted that he would’ve have considered following Mourinho to any club with the promise of winning the Champions League – something that evaded him his whole career.
However, joining Inter was never a possibility despite the allure of Champions League football.
‘Jose knew that I was terribly attracted by the prospect of the Champions League, because I’d never won it, but his plan did not work,’ Nedved told Tuttosport.
Nedved would instead retire that summer before becoming Juventus’ vice-president in 2015
‘We could not be compatible. I would’ve followed him to any club in the world, but not to Inter. I really could not do that.’
Mourinho would go on to record the treble with Inter that season, winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League – one of his greatest achievements as a manager to date.
Nedved would go on to retire in the summer of 2009 before becoming Juventus’ vice-president in 2015.
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