Dimitar Berbatov will today learn of his fate. Will he go to Manchester, will he go abroad or will he simply remain in London and ‘rot in the reserves’? And even if he does go to Manchester, will it be the blue half or red half? As long as he’s off the Tottenham books, Juande Ramos will be happy, although news sources differ in their interpretations of how he feels the Bulgarian has affected Spurs’ season to date.
Sky proudly boast that ‘Ramos blames Berbatov’ in their headline, making out that the Spaniard can’t wait to get shot of a player who has upset the applecart in no uncertain terms since demanding a move away from White Hart Lane.
“You get the feeling that the sooner the whole thing is finished the better,” said Ramos when asked about Berbatov.
“The chapter finally closes with the end of the transfer market. I think there is going to be lots of reasonably furious action between now and then.”
The Spaniard admitted the unwelcome distraction of Berbabtov’s future had affected the whole squad.
“Without a doubt, it has had an awful lot to do with the start to the season,” added Ramos.
However, Setanta report that Ramos has absolved the former Bayer Leverkusen man of any blame for his team’s slow start to the campaign, claiming that it was the players on the pitch that were responsible (erm, that did actually include Berbatov in the Middlesbrough match).
“We never put any blame on Berbatov for the last two results,” Ramos said.
“He wasn’t there on the park so it was those on the park, it was those on the pitch that were to blame and it was the same players that are responsible for putting in that great performance today [Sunday] and getting a fantastic result.
“It’s nothing to do with Berbatov.”
Whether you think that the striker has been a pain in the backside or simply bided his time, the chances are that he’ll be right out of Ramos’ not-insubstantial bouffant in the next few hours. Tottenham fans, it appears that the team have rallied well by landing a point at Chelsea, but surely an unsettled squad has led to them giving everyone else a headstart this season?