Ligue 1 big spenders will not get Old Trafford goal machine this summer.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told Paris St Germain to back off from their pursuit of striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The 30-year-old has only one-year left on his current deal and has slipped own the pecking order to partner Wayne Rooney behind Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.
The ex-Bulgaria international was widely expected to leave this summer after being omitted from the Champions League final squad.
Even Ferguson has admitted it would have been no surprise if the Bulgarian had asked for a move.
But Berbatov had admitted to having unfinished business with United and wants to prove himself at Old Trafford.
His claims did not stop PSG making several inquiries into his availabitly with sporting director Leonardo keen on signing the hit-man.
But a conversation between him and Ferguson have ended any chance of a deal being done, despite the financial backing of PSG’s Qatari owners.
“I had Ferguson on the phone but he said he was counting on Berbatov and he was not for sale,” said Leonardo after his side’s 2-1 win over Valenciennes yesterday.