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Jankulovski will stay with Udinese


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Jankulovski said he was staying because he was happy at Udinese

MILAN, Italy -- Czech midfielder Marek Jankulovski has renewed his contract with Serie A underdogs Udinese until June 2008.

The 27-year-old international last summer appeared set on joining Juventus and refused to move to CSKA Moscow, who made a larger bid.

Jankulovski said he "did not want to talk any more about contracts and the transfer market. If I were not happy I would not have signed."

Juventus captain Antonio Conte, 35, is considering an offer from high-flying underdogs Lecce, currently joint-fourth in the Serie A.

It would be a return home for the experienced midfielder, who played for seven seasons with his hometown club before transferring to Juve in 1991.

Conte's contract with Juve expired in the summer after 12 seasons, 280 games and 28 goals. With the black-whites from Turin he won five national titles, one Champions League, one Intercontinental Cup and several minor trophies.

Other minor clubs - Livorno, Messina, Reggina and Siena - were willing to sign him, but Conte said: "I would continue playing only with the team from my town."


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