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21 May 2010 09:59:00

Berbatov is staying - Ferguson

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. "No, no, definitely not," he said. "He's a fantastic footballer and he'll be with us next year."

Ferguson added: "That's a problem with a club like United - there's expectation and the media attention is always there.

"There's speculation every year - some summers I'm signing 100 players. You've got to live with that sort of media hype about the club. There's been a bit about Berbatov in terms of his future but we know he's a good player."

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 their exploits in South Africa. They will not travel to North America and Ferguson has indicated they could miss the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Speaking to Toronto radio station FAN 590, 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... all these players. We're bringing a very strong squad.

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

"We'll give all the players a 28-day rest after their last game so we intend to start the season without them."


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