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Bajevic quits PAOK, weighs offer from AEK

Dusan Bajevic resigned as PAOK coach yesterday, citing the Greek soccer club’s relationship with Italian club Juventus as the reason for his departure. «I had decided to stay on for another season at PAOK, but from the moment the cooperation with Juventus started, it became clear that I was no longer wanted,» the Serb told reporters. PAOK’s majority shareholder Giorgos Batatoudis recently started discussions with Italian champions Juventus over future exchanges of players and coaching knowledge. Bajevic, one of the most successful coaches in the history of Greek soccer, joined the Thessaloniki team two and a half seasons ago after falling out of favor at Olympiakos. The Serbian coach, who won the Greek Cup in his first full term in charge, said he was considering a return to AEK Athens, another of his former clubs. «I met with (AEK Chairman Makis) Psomiadis on Thursday… He made me an offer to which I haven’t yet replied. It is a very hard decision for me to make and I will decide this week.» PAOK finished in fourth place in the Greek first division this season, 10 points behind Olympiakos. (Reuters)