Nedved turns down Juventus role

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Pavel Nedved has hinted that he plans to continue his career in the US after turning down the chance to return to former club Juventus in an advisory capacity.

The former Czech Republic international was offered a role at the Turin club following his decision to hang up his boots at the end of the last Serie A season.

A host of other Italian clubs were also interested in signing him as a player for the new season.

But after considering his future during a summer holiday, the 36-year-old attacking midfielder is planning to play on - probably in Major League Soccer.

"For the moment, unfortunately, I must decline the invitation of Juventus to hold a managerial or technical role," said Nedved.

"I decided to quit - at least in Italy. I thank the people and clubs that have expressed interest and confidence in me and were ready to let me take to the field for another year.

"I do not feel that I can wear a shirt other than the one for which I fought for so many years."

Meanwhile, Palermo believe they have pulled off a major transfer coup after landing Argentine youngster Javier Pastore.

Pastore, 20, has agreed a five-year contract with the Serie A side and will officially move to Europe from South American football on July 20.

The attacking midfielder has been likened to Brazil star Kaka and is believed to have cost Palermo around six million euros.

"Pastore had been a Palermo player for some time," revealed delighted president Maurizio Zamparini.

"I am very happy with this signing and I have to compliment my director of sport.

"I am convinced that he will provide plenty of satisfaction in Italy because he is a world-class player."