Dimitar Berbatov is going nowhere, insists Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

21 May 2010 10:03
Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United have no intention of selling Dimitar Berbatov this summer.

The Bulgarian striker has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford following his £30.75million move from Tottenham in August 2008, scoring just 26 goals in two seasons.  

But Ferguson has no plans to offload the "fantastic" 29-year-old.  

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'No, no, definitely not,' he said. 'That's a problem with a clublike United - there's expectation and the media attention is alwaysthere.  

'There's speculation every year - some summers I'm signing 100players. You've got to live with that sort of media hype about theclub. There's been a bit about Berbatov in terms of his future but weknow he's a good player. He's a fantastic footballer and he'll be with us next year.'

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Berbatov will, therefore, be part of the Red Devils' squad which tours Canada and the United States in July.  

United's eight World Cup stars will be given a break after theirexploits in South Africa. They will not travel to North America andFerguson has indicated they could miss the start of the new BarclaysPremier League season. 

He said: 'The players who will be going on the tour, the big names,the established names from Manchester United over the last 20 years -(Paul) Scholes, (Gary) Neville, (Ryan) Giggs - will all be there,(Edwin) Van der Sar, Berbatov, (Darren) Fletcher, (John) O'Shea. allthese players. We're bringing a very strong squad.  

'My intention anyway is to start the season with the squad I'mbringing on tour because the World Cup can be a draining experience forplayers - it's the biggest tournament of their lives. They need rest. 

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Source: Daily_Mail

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