The Manchester United career of £30.75m record signing Dimitar Berbatov will come to an end this summer, according to the players agent, Emil Danchev.
Earlier this week, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had made no secret that Bulgaria’s all-time leading scorer could be set to leave this summer stating: “I understand he wants first-team football – It’s difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere.”
And now it seems certain that the player will leave Old Trafford. Speaking on Bulgarian television to “Channel 3” Danchev said:
“I was pleased with United’s position as they said they’ll not oppose Berbatov’s move in the summer.”
“I had three meetings with Sir Alex Ferguson. From these meetings was pleased by his assessment of Berbatov. The position of the club is as follows: ‘We will not interfere, we are very well susceptible if the offer came for him will not make difficulties.”
Danchev continued that at this point in his career Berbatov does not have ambitions to head to the United States, citing that the striker wishes to “continue his career in another no less classy team than Manchester United.” As such a move to another major European league – La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga or Ligue 1 – is most likely
The Bulgarian striker arrived at Old Trafford in August 2008 from Tottenham Hotspur, after proving himself an outstanding Premier League performer at White Hart Lane. However, he has never really reached the heights expected of him during his time with the Red Devils.
Last season was arguably his best in a red shirt – finishing the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League campaign as the joint-top scorer, whilst endearing himself to the United faithful with a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Liverpool.
However, he has never made himself a definite first choice during his four-year spell; a fact highlighted by the two European Cup finals that United have reached during his time with the club – Berbatov was a substitute in the 2009 defeat to Barcelona, and didn’t even make the squad for the 2011 repeat.
The Bulgarians languid, low-tempo style has oft-been cited as a key reason for his struggles, and the 31-year-old has become even more marginalised this campaign.
According to Danchev, Ferguson is looking towards the future, and building a side around the technical skills of Wayne Rooney, and the speed of the likes of strikers Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez and wingers in Ashley Young, Nani and Luis Antonio Valencia.
“In the shape of Chicharito, Rooney and Welbeck he has talented forwards. The only thing they have little in more than Mitko, is speed. Berbatov is more technical.
“Sir Alex wants to change his style of play at United, to implement more speed.”