Thursday, 19th July, 2012
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he knows why Dimitar Berbatov wants to leave the club and has pledged that offers which arrive for the Bulgarian will be assessed.
Berbatov is under contract at Old Trafford until 2013, but has been open about his desire to leave the Red Devils this summer in search of regular first team football.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man’s agent has thrown his client’s hat into the ring to succeed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan and a switch to the Rossoneri is the kind of elite club move Berbatov craves.
Ferguson is sympathetic to the striker’s views and has admitted he understands what is driving Berbatov’s desire to leave.
“I don’t need to herald Dimitar’s abilities. He is a fantastic talent”, Ferguson told his club’s official site after watching the Bulgarian in action in Manchester United’s 1-0 friendly win over AmaZulu in South Africa.
"He didn’t get the amount of football he wanted last season. It’s difficult for him at his age to accept second place in the forward line. The likes of [Wayne] Rooney, Chicharito and[Danny] Welbeck were all in front of him last season. It’s been difficult. But in fairness to him today he applied himself well and did very well with the first goal.
"The boy obviously wants to leave. That’s a different matter. I’m easy about it. If he stays, I’ll be happy. If somebody comes in for him and Dimitar wants to leave, we’ll assess it."
Berbatov featured only sporadically in the Premier League last season, a fate he is determined not to repeat for 2012/13.
Where the striker may end up however is unclear, with his expected salary demands sure to drop many would be suitors out of the running and narrow the field of clubs competing for his signature.
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