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Berbatov slams exit talk
08 Nov 2007 - 08:05:30
Dimitar Berbatov claims he 'loves' Tottenham Hotspur and has rubbished reports suggesting he wants to quit the club in the January transfer window.
Berbatov has been the victim of transfer speculation following newly-installed coach Juande Ramos' decision to drop him from the starting line-up for his first Premier League game in charge last weekend.
But following quotes attributed to his father in various newspapers claiming the Bulgaria international was becoming disillusioned with life at White Hart Lane, Berbatov has hit at at rumours that he wants to leave.
The 26-year-old former Bayern Leverkusen striker was linked with Manchester United during the summer before pledging his future to Spurs.
"I don't like to speak too much and don't like to be in the spotlight or the papers. I just want to play football," he told the club's official website.
"There has been a lot of stuff written about me leaving. I haven't said anything until now, but they are now involving my family and I cannot allow that. When somebody is writing lies about my family I must get involved.
"I am my own man, when I want to speak I will and I will tell you the truth no matter how hard it is. That is why I am talking now.
"I want to let everyone know that I am a Tottenham Hotspur player, I love the club and everyone at the club. I don't always smile so much, but that does not make me a bad person.
"I don't smile because we are near the bottom of the table and have not been playing well - I have not been playing well either.
"The worst thing is when someone starts writing lies and when people see that they start to believe it. That really is the worst thing.
"I just want to say that I am here, I am happy here and I will help the club in any way I can.
"I have a contract and I will give my best. For now it is not going so well for me because all the writing in the papers has been messing with my head and I lost my concentration."