Berbatov to get new £150,000-a-week contract
Manchester United have opened discussions with Dimitar Berbatov over a new contract that could be worth £150,000 a week to the club's leading scorer.
The 31-year-old Bulgarian's present deal, believed to be worth about £100,000 a week, expires at the end of next season and his prolific form has convinced manager Alex Ferguson to open talks in good time to secure his future.
Though he was omitted from the side for the Manchester derby, Berbatov has managed 20 goals already this season and, despite his age, he may be granted a three-year extension.
Though United do not habitually offer players over the age of 30 deals lasting more than a year, it is believed the club are prepared to tie the striker to Old Trafford until 2014.
He is also in line for a significant pay rise, although he will not stand to earn as much as strike partner Wayne Rooney, who negotiated a deal worth more than £200,000 a week after threatening to leave the club last year.
John O'Shea and Park Ji-Sung, who may be out for four weeks after shipping a bad hamstring injury in training last Friday, both turn 30 within the next few months and United are thought to be happy to wait until the end of the season to address their futures. (© Daily Telegraph, London)