Tuesday 12 December 2017

United want £5m for me -- Berbatov

Mark Ogden

Dimitar Berbatov has claimed Alex Ferguson has told him he can leave Manchester United for £5m, but insists he has not been told why he has no future at Old Trafford.

The Bulgarian forward, United's £30.75m record signing, is set to fly to South Africa with Ferguson's under-strength squad today for the first leg of their pre-season tour. United have triggered an option to extend Berbatov's contract this summer in order to prevent the 31-year-old from leaving as a free agent at the end of his previous deal, which expired on June 30.

But with no firm offers having been made for the former Tottenham striker, Berbatov admits he will travel to Durban today with no idea as to why he has become surplus to requirements at United.

Speaking on his official Facebook page, Berbatov said: "The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing.

"And I want to play, 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 opportunity to do so."

Having only been handed a 12-month contract by United, Berbatov admits that his transfer valuation has been reduced by the club.

Meanwhile, the English Football Association will launch an internal investigation today to decide whether Rio Ferdinand will face disciplinary action for reigniting the controversy created by John Terry's court case on Twitter.

The United defender, has been criticised for responding to a tweet which referred to Ashley Cole as a "choc ice", and moved to defuse the row yesterday by denying he was being racist.

The 33-year-old came under scrutiny after appearing to endorse the remark about Cole, who appeared in court last week as a witness for the defence before Terry was found not guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Terry was cleared by district judge Howard Riddle last Friday but the FA have revealed they are to reopen their own enquiry into the row, and are also set to make a decision in the next 48 hours over whether Ferdinand will receive any punishment.

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Ferdinand, who was flying out to Durban this morning with the United squad for their pre-season tour, defended himself yesterday morning against allegations of racism by tweeting: "What I said yesterday is not a racist term. It's a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there."

The term 'choc ice' is widely understood to mean 'black on the outside, white on the inside' and though Ferdinand has protested his innocence, this latest episode has only added to the fallout from Terry's court case.

FA officials will meet today and consider whether to take any action against Ferdinand, though his case has undoubtedly been boosted by the fact that Cole, a team-mate in the England team, issued a statement via his lawyers on Saturday insisting he would not be making any complaint. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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