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Berbatov Should Be Sold If £15m Bid Is Offered

Dimitar Berbatov is a fantastic football player and a top professional for Manchester United. That much has been confirmed in the crazy season the Bulgarian has experienced at Old Trafford, from the highs of scoring some fantastic …

Dimitar Berbatov is a fantastic football player and a top professional for Manchester United. That much has been confirmed in the crazy season the Bulgarian has experienced at Old Trafford, from the highs of scoring some fantastic goals on the way to becoming the Premier League’s top scorer to the low of being left out of the Champions League Final squad. However, despite affirming his commitment to Manchester United for next season admirably, it has been revealed that Berbatov will not be signing an extension to his contract at United.

With only one year left, Sir Alex Ferguson offered Berbatov a one year extension to his contract before the Champions League Final, and Berbatov did not sign. He said that he is happy to stay at Manchester United, fight for a first team place and ride out the rest of his £80,000 a week contract to allow him to leave on a free transfer at the end of next season.

Now, however much you like Berbatov for his graciousness and the certain vulnerability he showed when he told the world of the shame that came over him from being left out of the Champions League Final squad, you cannot see leaving the guy in the squad for a year only for him to leave for a free a good deal for the club. Berbatov cost the club £30 million plus Friazer Campbell on loan – he didn’t come cheap, and it was a last minute deal involving a lot of stress and strained relations with Tottenham. Surely United must take some money from a sale rather than just release him?
Berbatov said on Bulgarian TV:

“I will stay, I will fight for the 20th title. If I were an easy quitter, I would never have made it this far. Everything at Manchester United starts from scratch for me on July 4.”

“There will be new finals and we will be fighting for new titles. I am moving ahead. When you go through difficult times, you should not quit.”

Okay, he will not quit, but he will not commit either, according to, so it is not a great situation for United if they want to take in some money from his sale. PSG have apparently opened the bidding for Berbatov at £13 million, and there are several clubs interested in his signature, including Bayern Munich, and some have even said Tottenham.

Manchester United may be able to offload Berbatov to his former club Tottenham in some sort of player plus cash exchange for Luka Modric whom United have reportedly made their prime target, though Tottenham are far from willing to let go of him at any price.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love Berbatov to stay if he was signing a new contract – a one year extension, I simply object to United allowing him to run down his current contract and allow him to go for free when you consider how much was paid for him. I hope that if Berbatov truly has decided not renew his contract or extend it, then any offer for him is very seriously considered.

With Owen recently signing an extension, Welbeck and Macheda returning to fight for a starting place with Rooney and Hernandez, competition is going to be increasing tough, so, it pains me to say it, perhaps Berbatov leaving wouldn’t be such a bad thing in terms of the young players chances in the first team.

I trust Sir Alex Ferguson to make the right decision on the matter, and whatever happens to Berbatov, I am very grateful for what he has done at United, especially this season. He is a model professional and a quality footballer, and he still has game in him – whether he chooses to play them at Manchester United is another matter.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. alewis

    June 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Now im not sure if the writers on this website are stupid or not.Berbatov has 12 months contract and i dont know how many times he has to tell people that he is not going anywhere..Man utd cannot sell him.He can sit on the bench and go for free next season.I think he should do this as punishment for not getting a place on the bench in the cl final

    • Svet

      June 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      SAF already destroy Berbatov’s career, but I’m certain, that there are in, and outside of England fans who admire Berbatov as player in, and out of the pitch.
      Just move on, and forget abt M.United.

  2. pat

    June 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    alewis if the right offer comes in Berbatov will leave definitely, if Fergie receives the right offer he’ll make it clear to Berbatov his chances will be few and far between at Man U, Berbatov is far too much of a professional to sit a whole season on the bench, sorry mate but that’s an absurd comment that Berba should punish fergie for leaving him out of the squad, you’re insulting both people with that statement

  3. jerkinmahjurgen

    June 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah, I hope he sticks to his guns and leaves next year for nowt. lol. Shame on Fergie to treat his like this. He tried to force him out and it looks like back-firing. Fergie met his match. Up the Spurs.

  4. timbo

    June 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Fergie has shown himself to be a pretty poor judge of character this season, as well as a poor tactician when it comes to European games. He took the two form players for United in the first half of the season, Nani and Berbatov, and ruined both their form and their confidence by a) dumping Nani to the bench/left wing in favour of a player returning from injury (Valencia) and by pandering and staying blindly loyal to another player (Rooney) despite his lousy form, loutish off field behaviour, petulant demeanour and greed regarding his greed and demands to be traded, and his on field indiscretions that brought so much heat on the club at a critical time from both the FA, the media, and the referees.

    If anyone should be dumped and cashed in on it should be Rooney, because he will always be a limiting factor regarding the side’s ability to function cohesively and to maximum effect because of the severe limitations in his physique and style of play. United lost to Barcelona largely because of Rooney’s presence and the fact his inability to play effectively up front on his own forced United to commit football suicide by handing him a partner, thus leaving the midfield to the mercy of Iniesta and Xavi, who carved up the team with ease in the most critical area of the pitch.

  5. alewis

    June 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    PAT the point your missing is that Berbatov has 12 month left..He can stay at United if he wants and they are powerless to do anything about it.I believe this would be kind of rough justice for Ferguson not rewarding Berbatov for winning utd the title.Lets face it Rooney was hopeless first half of the season.He threw a strop,screwed utd out of more money than they can afford and yet they still love him..Hernandez is no good

  6. The truth

    June 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Berbatov has been treated very unfairly.Firstly Fergie should have added at least two years to the option if this was true.The player did all the donkey work while rooney was stalling and ready to dive to man city.Was that loyalty?Meanwhile Hernandez is a good player no doubt but the way Berbatov was dumped in favour of him was a pity.And he was exposed against Barcelona that he still has to grow as a footballers.Football is not just about running and scoring.Where was Berbatov to hold on the ball and provide passes for Rooney to score?Before this so called blossoming partnership between Rooney and Chicarito ,the berbatov -hernandez one was already peaking.I think Fergie has to own up to the fact that he made a huge mistake excluding berbatov from the final and resume talks for this humble professional genuius of a player to end his career at united.Even Owen has had his contract extended.This whole saga is just tiring and some of the decisions Fergie has made this season has disappointed me.

  7. Doc

    June 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    £15 million for a player with 1 year left on a contract, no chance. Any player can buy out the last 2 years of their contract and leave, Berbatov with 1 year left can buy out his own contract cheaper than £15 million, so work out his wages and that is his transfer fee.

  8. pat

    June 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I agree with timbo. In the 2nd half of the season Rooney, Hernandes and Valencia were consistently the 1st choice selection at the expense of Berbatov and Nani. And while I understand that SAF has 18 top players and has to rorate them always to maintain their form and drive, I still think Berbatov and Nani should have had more playtime.

    It is quite obvious to all who know anything about footbal that SAF made a huge tactical mistake against Barca and I hope he learns from it. It is the right time for ManU to start looking for a replacement that can equal SAF’s glory. I will truly mis berbatov if he leaves.

  9. ds

    July 4, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I am a great football player, but am over 18 years old is that to old for AF?

  10. ds

    July 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Question to all SAF fans, why Berbatov had about 30% play time? And BTW managed to become score leader on top of that. Just a question to the so much respectful SAF.

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