Old Trafford forward wants out.
Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says he wants to leave the Premier League club.
Berbatov, 31, made just 21 appearances last season, and has fallen out of favour with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
And now the Bulgarian, who cost United £30.75m in 2008, says he wants to leave and go in search of regular football.
“I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing,” Berbatov wrote on his official website.
Berbatov scored 14 goals in his first season at United after arriving from Tottenham, and featured in the club’s Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.
He found the target 12 times in his second season before finishing the following campaign as top goalscorer with 22, including hat-tricks against Liverpool and Birmingham and five in the 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn.
“At 31, he is looking at first-team football,” said Ferguson in March. “It is difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere.”
Berbatov has been linked with several European clubs over the summer, but nothing has materialised and the former Spurs striker says he is desperate to sort out his future.
“I want to play, I want to help, but for unknown reasons it’s not going to happen,” added Berbatov.
“So it’s better for everyone if we say goodbye. If not, I am professional and I will keep doing everything I can to help my team and my teammates, whenever I have the opportunity to do so.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Berbatov has found himself behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the Man United’s pecking order and it’s no surprise that the Bulgarian wants out but it appears that Sir Alex Ferguson wants to garner a decent fee for the 31 year old.
Dimitar Berbatov refers to this specifically in his official site, and accompanying Facebook page, stating that he had been told that the asking price for his services was £5m but that other sources had informed him it was actually nearer £10m. One wonders what value Ferguson has to gain from keeping the player on board when he is down to fourth in line for a spot in the starting eleven.
Last term the former Tottenham man made just 12 Premier League appearances and only five of them were starts, nonetheless he still notched up seven goals and was the Premier League’s joint top scorer the season before, his 20 goals helping his side to the title in 2010/11.
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