Old Trafford forward expected to depart.
Fulham manager Martin Jol has cooled suggestions that he will make a move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov this summer, despite persistent rumours linking him in the press recently.
“Berbatov is a player who I don’t think would go to a side who are not as good as Manchester United because he is a top, top player.
“Even when he was not a regular, I think there was a spell where he was the top scorer in England with over 20 goals.”
“Any good player would do well here and he would score a lot of goals but he is a confidence player.
“He is so talented and gifted, that it tells you about the quality in the Manchester United squad.”
The shared connection between the two is that Jol bought Berbatov from Bayer Leverkusen when he was manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Another factor in the potential deal is that Berbatov is out of contract this summer.
Manchester United have the option to extend his stay at Old Trafford for a year, and even though they have taken that up, Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated doubts at the prospect of him staying.
Instead, they have agreed the deal so they don’t lose him for nothing this summer.
“I understand he wants first-team football,” explained Ferguson. “It’s difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere.”
Elsewhere would mean abroad, according to Berbatov’s agent, but for now the newspapers are linking the Manchester United forward with a reunion with his old manager Martin Jol.
Whether the Cottagers boss now wants a reunion with the Bulgarian striker, or the press are just putting two and two together and getting a billion remains to be seen.