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Fergie: Berbatov won't be sold
21 May 2010 - 08:33:23
Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of Dimitar Berbatov leaving Manchester United this summer.
Berbatov, 29, scored just 12 Premier League goals last season and doubts emerged about his United future after the Bulgarian striker was regularly left on the bench during the second half of the campaign.
Recent reports suggested that Ferguson was ready to cut his losses on a player he paid Tottenham a club record £30.5million to sign two years ago.
However, Ferguson insists that Berbatov remains a key part of his first-team plans.
"No, he will not - definitely not (be sold). There's a problem with Manchester United in terms of expectation and media attention," Ferguson told The Mirror.
"There's speculation every year and we've got to live with that hype. We know Dimitar is a good player and he will be with us next year."
United lost their Premier League crown to Chelsea last season but Ferguson is not anticipating a major overhaul of the playing staff during the summer months.
He added: "We don't have a great deal to improve on. The one area of concern last season was that we had 16 players missing through injury.
"That impacts on the stability of the team as the season develops. But we always felt that when our back four was in place there was a sense of purpose and strength."