Saturday 25 March 2017

I'd rather retire than leave Manchester United - Berbatov

Mark Ogden

Dimitar Berbatov has ruled out a move from Manchester United by claiming he would rather retire than leave.

Berbatov continues to divide opinion at Old Trafford, having struggled to justify his £30.75m transfer fee since arriving from Tottenham in September 2008.

The Bulgarian -- who scored five goals in a 7-1 win against Blackburn last month -- tops the Premier League scoring charts with 11 goals this season, but United have yet to agree a new deal to replace the final 18 months of his contract.

But speaking after being named Bulgaria's Footballer of the Year for the seventh time, Berbatov said: "I fought to have a chance to play for United and now I can only go down if I leave. Why I should do this? It would be better to retire."

Juventus, Bayern Munich and Fenerbahce have all expressed an interest in Berbatov in recent months, but United manager Alex Ferguson has insisted that the 29-year-old will not leave next month.

Meanwhile, United director Michael Edelson has insisted that plans by the Glazer family to sell the club are a "long way down the line" after earlier unguarded comments had led him to claim it was "no secret" that the Americans would offload the Premier League leaders.

Reports from the Middle East in recent weeks have suggested that the Qatari royal family are preparing a £1.5bn bid to buy United from the Florida-based Glazers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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