Dimitar Berbatov’s time at Manchester United could be winding down and Fulham’s Martin Jol is dreaming of a reunion with the player he brought to England in 2006 as then Tottenham Hotspur manager. Sir Alex Ferguson hinted earlier this week that Berbatov might leave in the summer after being consigned to the peripheries this season. The 31 year old’s contract expires in June, but United are likely to trigger a one-year extension clause and thus collect transfer fees rather than losing him for free.
Berbatov will be aware that any move away from Old Trafford will be a step-down, but he is likely to choose a club that still plays in the Champions League and Fulham will be unable to match his wage demands anyway.
But that didn’t stop Jol from reminiscing about the supremely talented Bulgarian, “He is a top, top player. Even when he was not a regular there was a spell where he was still the top scorer in England with over 20 goals. He is so gifted and talented. That tells you all about the quality in the Manchester United squad.”
While he did suggest that Berbatov would be a hit at Craven Cottage, he conceded the move would be close to impossible, “It’s a very hypothetical thing because I don’t think that Berbatov is a player who would go to a team that is not as good as Manchester United is. “
Berbatov’s best period in the Premier League came in the white of Tottenham as he scored 46 goals in two seasons at White Hart Lane. The £30.75 million blockbuster move to United in 2009 was seen as a sign of great things to come and although he has picked up two Premier League gongs in that period, he has fallen short of expectations.