Agent – Fergie Wants To Add Pace To United, Not ‘Mitko’

By on March 21, 2012

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Manchester United will be bidding farewell to their record signing this summer, as Dimitar Berbatov’s agent Emil Danchev confirmed that the future of the team does not involve the Bulgarian striker.

Danchev explained that Berbatov, or “Mitko” as he is known in his native Bulgaria, is embarrassed by the huge wages he is recieiving for not playing any football for United, but he is not one to make a fuss like a previous Manchester United employee in Carlos Tevez is renowned for.

Instead, Berbatov has and will continue to accept his position at Old Trafford until the summer when he will be free to talk to clubs about a move away from England. Here’s what Danchev is quoted as saying in the Independent:

“We accept that Sir Alex Ferguson is [building] his next Manchester United for the next three to four years and the future of Manchester United is not related to Mitko.”

Another reason for Berbatov’s absence from the team is that Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to add pace to the team. As competitors for a starting place up front at Manchester United include Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, who all have pace and energy in abundance, Berbatov’s incredible technical ability is, although a joy to behold, surplus to requirements. Danchev continued:

“Sir Alex wants to change the style of play of United, to put more speed in the game. I wanted Manchester to announce that if any team that wants to go for Mitko, they will sit down and negotiate. Mitko must endure this situation. It is not his style to start making scandals like Tevez.”

“Up against Chicharito [Javier Hernandez], [Wayne] Rooney and [Danny] Welbeck, [Berbatov is competing with] talented forwards. The only thing all those players have more of than Mitko is speed. Berbatov is more technical.”

“It is not by way of punishment that [he has been] left outside of the [main] group and it is not Scottish stubbornness [on Ferguson’s part]. Ferguson has lost [out in] domestic cups, the Champions League and Europa League this season and I think it will be very difficult to defend their title in England.”

Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov and his representatives all seemingly share the same mind set, and are willing to help each other out to reach the best outcome for both the club and the player. United will allow offers to come in for the 31 year-old forward and will not block any moves or make life difficult for a striker who has been loyal and delightfully uncontroversial since his move to United in 2008. His agent continued:

“I was pleased by [Ferguson’s] assessment of Berbatov. The position of the club is: ‘We will not interfere. We are open to offers and if one comes in then we will not make difficulties.'”

“At a recent meeting, Mitko said: ‘I am not getting enough playing time. I want to play [in] my last years. I am uncomfortable [because] I’m getting money, but [am not] working.'”

“Money has always been of secondary importance to Mitko. He just wants to play. I [don’t know] why Ferguson took time to [reach this position]. In the three [earlier] meetings he promised: ‘Yes, you will have the chance to play. I can not guarantee a start but you will play’.”

Berbatov has played only 10 League games this season, many of them being from off the bench – and that is despite being Manchester United’s top goalscorer last season. His style has unfortunately not suited United’s all out, free flowing, pacey attacking play, which has left him out in the cold for most of the season.

The Bulgarian is something of a fan favourite at United, and all at the club wish him well for the future which, wherever he ends up, will undoubtedly provide and produce moments of beauty with a football at his feet and plenty of goals too.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom

    March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    He is a good lad and has not caused any issues since arriving. He could have sulked or caused issues like Tevez, but he didn’t. He has remained professional and ready when called upon.

    He deserves the chance to move on in the summer and Man Utd did the right thing in not standing in his way. I’m sure there will be quite a bit of interest but I can understand that he would want to move to another country for a fresh challenge. I think Germany will be his destination, but Inter Milan would do well to sign him. I think he can be bought for around £7-9 million.

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