Dimitar Berbatov Linked with Tottenham, but He Should Stay at Manchester United
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After being left out of the Champions League final squad, questions are now being raised over Dimitar Berbatov's future. The Manchester United striker has fallen out of favour for all the big games this season and many are wondering whether Sir Alex might be looking to ship him out this summer.
The Bulgarian was excluded from the match day squad on Saturday which would hurt any player, with reports suggesting he left the stadium instead of supporting his team mates from the stands.
This idea of the player not staying around to support his team mates has angered many involved with the club, particularly the fans. The club has since denied the reports, it has emerged however that the striker did not travel with his team mates on the bus back home to Manchester on Sunday.
The Bulgarian legend was not on the bus home but he was present on the open top bus parade around Manchester on Monday morning, celebrating the record-breaking 19th league title with the fans. Berbatov undoubtedly played a key role in the title win, ending the season as top goal scorer and despite speculation over his future, looked to be enjoying the occasion. His contribution to a fantastic season at Old Trafford has not gone unnoticed by his team mates.
Nani told Sky Sports News, "I don't know what he has in mind but everyone knows he's a fantastic player.
"He has scored a lot of goals for us, finished as the top scorer in the league, and I would like him to play for Manchester United again next season.”
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"I don't know which players will be coming in but most important is that the ones who stay fight for us."
Even though he might be missed, a move away would not come as a surprise as there has been much speculation surrounding the player throughout the latter part of the season as he has regularly been left on the bench for the more important games.
Reports in the Daily Mirror are suggesting that he may be shipped off back to his old club, Tottenham, in an attempt to bring Luka Modric to Old Trafford. This could be Fergie’s way of sweetening the deal, but it is unlikely that Spurs fans would welcome a Berbatov return.
It has been a saddening and strange turn of events for the Premier League's top goal scorer at the climax of the season and he has good reason to be upset by what has happened. Sir Alex Ferguson argued that Michael Owen could come on in the last 15 minutes of a game and nick a goal if needed, which makes sense.
The dominance of Barcelona made sure that United did need to get a couple goals late on, yet Ferguson still did not bring Owen on, leaving many asking, "Why was Berbatov excluded from the squad?"
Since that fateful night, spectators of English football have been wondering how to match the brilliance of Barcelona. It is their eagerness to retain possession and their skilful use of the ball which defines the way they play. These are also characteristics of the great Bulgarian striker who couldn't even get on the bench for the defeated Manchester United that night.
It would be a shame if Berbatov left Old Trafford this summer as he brings an aspect of beauty to English football that we rarely see.
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