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Jol - Berbatov won't be sold
04 May 2007 - 08:19:23
Tottenham head coach Martin Jol insists Dimitar Berbatov will not be sold this summer, even though the Bulgarian striker has been linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a successful first season in England, finding the net 21 times in 40 starts for Spurs.
Last summer Jol sold Michael Carrick to Manchester United for £18.6million and there are rumours that Berbatov could be another big-money White Hart Lane exit in the next three months.
However, Jol said: "I have no fears. To nobody and in no circumstances [will Berbatov be sold] The chairman wouldn't sanction it even if I would like to.
"We always keep our best players, 99 per cent over the last five or six years, even before my time and I don't see any reason why we shouldn't.
"We've made a lot of profit over the last six months so we don't have to sell players. You can only say what will happen at the end of the season but he tells everybody that he's very happy here.
"I feel Dimitar can improve a lot with the team. He can easily score 30, 35 goals in all competitions. There is much more to come from him and I feel we are probably not far off [seeing him at his best].
"Some other teams give their strikers a lot of service and assists. We've got Aaron Lennon, for example, but Lennon has only been 20-years-old for two weeks.
"There is a lot more to come from the team and from Berbatov because he is such a good finisher, believe me. He can score at least 35 goals."