Berbatov: My time at United is nearly up

STRIKER Dimitar Berbatov is resigned to leaving Manchester United.

The 31-year-old has had limited first-team opportunities over the last couple of seasons, and claims manager Alex Ferguson did not make good on promises to give him more chances.

He said: "We talked 10 times, he told me there would be a place for me but I stayed on the bench.

"My time at Manchester United is running out. I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team.

"I think I did well in the few opportunities that I received.

"I am a little frustrated by the way this happened, I do not think I deserved it.

"But I have dignity and I stopped going to such meetings, it is clear that I'm leaving United. It's obvious that I have to leave.

"I'm looking for a new place now. I know I can still play at the highest level."

Connolly in Saints exit

DAVID CONNOLLY has joined former Ireland team-mates Clinton Morrison and Gary Doherty on the unemployed list as the striker has been axed by Southampton.

Connolly, 34, helped Southampton win promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring six goals in 26 appearances for Nigel Adkins' side, but Adkins has decided to overhaul his squad ahead of the Premier League campaign and there is no place at the club for Connolly, who has been given a free transfer.

I'll behave at Euros: Mario

MARIO BALOTELLI has reassured Italian fans that he won't be a 'problem child' for Italy at the Euro 2012 finals.

The Manchester City star made headlines for a number of off-field incidents last season on the way to winning a Premier League medal with his club.

But he has promised Italy coach Cesare Prandelli that he won't cause a stir in Poland, where Italy face Ireland in the final game in Group C.

"Don't worry, there will be no problems at the Euros. I will keep myself under control," he said.