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Berbatov is primed for United exit

DIMITAR Berbatov is on the brink of leaving Manchester United at the end of the season despite the English champions taking up an extra year’s option on his contract, his agent has revealed.

I had three meetings with (United manager) Alex Ferguson,” Emil Danchev said.

“We should accept that he’ll try to build a team for the next three or four years and Berbatov will not be part of this team.

“Ferguson wants to change the playing style, to implement more speed. I was pleased with United’s position as they said they’ll not oppose Berbatov’s move in the summer.”

Berbatov, who is Bulgaria’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. “I understand he wants first-team football,” Ferguson said earlier this week. “It’s difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere.”

Berbatov, joint top scorer in the Premier League last season, has fallen down the pecking order at United with Danchev saying the 31-year-old will attempt to revive his club career in another top European league.

Several clubs from Spain, Germany and France have been linked with signing him.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans will turn into a Chelsea fan for the day tomorrow as he looks to the Blues to give United another boost in the Premier League title race.

Although Chelsea’s own hopes of reclaiming the championship have long since disappeared, the Stamford Bridge outfit are on the rise again. “Tomorrow is a massive game,” he said. “We have done our job and that does put pressure on City. Chelsea will go into it in pretty confident mood.”