Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is expected to sign an extension to his current contract which expires in the summer.
As reported in The Independent, Berbatov’s existing contract includes a “one way” option that enables United to extend his deal at any point up until the current contract expires.
The one year contract extension will mean that Berbatov will be unable to move clubs on a free transfer this summer, having joined United from Tottenham Hotspur is a deal worth £30million in 2008.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that a deal was to be finalised imminently,
“I think we resolved that – that he will be here next year.”
Despite being The Premier League’s joint top goal scorer last season the enigmatic Bulgarian is now the fourth choice forward at United, behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. Berbatov will certainly not be looking forward to spending another season on the bench, especially with there being a great deal of interest in him from around the continent.
Big spenders P.S.G. have been linked as well as a move back to Germany, with Bayern Munich and former club Bayer Leverkusen said to be keen and not to mention the wealthy Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
With no shortage of suitors, extending Berbatov’s contract extention seems nothing more than a savvy move to ensure that United will not lose the languid Bulgarian for nothing in the summer. The Red Devils are said to be willing to do a deal if they receive a bid of £4 or £5million in the summer.
Berbatov’s laid back at times lazy style has never really endured itself to the United faithful. He is a player of undoubted ability; his ability to ghost past defenders and produce the deftest of touches is a joy to watch. Yet, these moments have been fleeting and far between in a Manchester United shirt and it seems as if he will surely be off during the summer.
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