Berbatov: Best if I leave United
Dimitar Berbatov has admitted it would be "better for everyone" if he left Manchester United, saying Sir Alex Ferguson has decided on a price-tag of £5 million for him.
The Bulgarian striker, who has been frozen out of the first team at Old Trafford by a younger generation of players, has been linked with moves to clubs home and abroad for the past year.
And, with reports saying United were holding out for £10m for the 31-year-old, the former Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen forward set the record straight in an emotional posting on his official Facebook page.
“Because I am tired of speculation, I am telling you this,” he started. “I see they say £10m is my price, (so) I go and talk with Sir Alex, and he says to me £5m. So who is telling the truth, what do you think?
“And the truth is I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing. I want to help.
“But for unknown reasons it’s not going to happen, or my chances will be limited, so it’s better for everyone if we say goodbye.
“If not, I am professional and I will keep doing everything I can to help my team and my team-mates, whenever I have the opportunity to do so.”
Berbatov has scored 48 league goals in 100 appearances since joining from Spurs for around £30m in 2008.
But he fell out of favour halfway through the 2010-11 season, when he was dropped from the team despite leading the Premier League’s scoring charts with 20 goals. He was left out of the squad altogether for the Champions League final, which led to strong speculation he would leave last summer.
However, United held on to Berbatov, only to restrict him to just 12 Premier League appearances this season, during which he scored seven goals.
The club activated an automatic one-year contract extension last season, allowing them to command a fee for his services, and he has been linked to Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, with reports also suggesting he could move to Turkey, Russia or the United States.
Formerly Bulgaria's captain, he scored 48 goals in 77 matches before quitting the international team in 2010.