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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Berbatov heads for exit

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits Dimitar Berbatov could leave the club at the end of the season in search of first-team football.

The Bulgarian made the last of his five Premier League starts this season in the 2-0 home victory over Stoke City on January 31, scoring a second-half penalty.

The striker has had to settle for a bit-part role in recent times and Ferguson said he cannot guarantee Berbatov any more involvement next year. Fans of Victor Chandler will not be too surprised by the news.

"At 31, he is looking at first-team football. It is difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere," said Ferguson.

Berbatov moved to United from Spurs in September 2008 for a fee of £30.75m and despite scoring 14 goals in his first season, failed to hit the heights which made him one of the hottest properties in the Premier League.

After hitting the net 12 times during his second season in Manchester, Berbatov had his most prolific campaign to date last season – scoring 22 goals, including five against Blackburn Rovers and hat-tricks against Birmingham City and Liverpool.

Instead of kicking on during the current campaign, the forward has been left kicking his heels and has found himself behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order.

Berbatov was linked with a move away from the club in January, with Bayern Munich touted as a possible destination, but a move never materialised. People placing a Bet Victor bet will be keeping an eye on his summer movements.

Reports suggested Ferguson was ready to offer Berbatov a contract extension until June 2013. However, the United boss seems resigned to losing the player who demanded such a large transfer fee just a few years ago.

Berbatov may be in the twilight of his career and can be perceived as being lazy, but he still has enough quality to spark a bidding war.

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