Mercurial striker Dimitar Berbatov never conformed when he played in the Premier League.
And the Bulgarian is continuing to do things his own way now that he has left England.
The 34-year-old has conducted an interview with himself on Facebook after some sections of the Greek media questioned his commitment to PAOK following his red card in Sunday’s defeat to AEK Athens.
Berbatov, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham, wanted to explain his actions, but “not to people who are coming up with stupid things” – i.e. the local journalists.
Here is a transcript of the interview. ‘JDB’ (Journalist Dimitar Berbatov) is asking the questions!
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JDB: Hi. How are you feeling?
DB: Hi. I am fine but disappointed. We lost against AEK, and I received a red card.
JDB: Do you think it was a red card?
DB: Yes. The player from AEK was holding and preventing me from positioning myself better in the box and this, and the fact, I was angry and nervous, made me hit him.
JDB: Why were you so nervous and angry?
DB: Because of the fact that I was watching the game, and even though AEK were not the better team, they still scored a goal. Because I was not playing and I could do nothing to help. This was a derby and I came here to play exactly in these kind of games, where my quality and experience can help the team, and not for me to stay on the bench and do nothing. But the opposite happened.
JDB: And you are disappointed because of this?
DB: Yes. When I don’t play, I can’t be happy. The problem is that, in this case I took it out on the colleague from the other team. And I am not one of this players looking for a conflict, this is a well-known fact, but in this case the opposite happened, for which I am sorry.
JDB: Some media say you don’t want to play for PAOK any more?
DB: This is why I am giving an interview to you, and not to people who are coming up with stupid things like this. This is not true, and with this kind of talk, some people are trying to harm the team. I still feel joy when I play football. I want to play. When this is not happening, I am angry and disappointed. There is no way to feel joy from the fact that I am not playing, and they are paying me good money amid all that is happening in Greece.
Berbatov’s post received over 7,500 likes in 24 hours. He has scored four goals for PAOK since becoming a marquee signing by joining from Monaco in the summer.
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