Fiorentina are fuming.
Now whilst we all are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Premier League footballers are slightly less scrupulous than alley cats, it does seem at first glance that the Italian club are well within their rights to feel aggrieved over the situation.
‘ACF Fiorentina announces that the acquisition of the player Dimitar Berbatov finally jumped after it had reached an agreement with Manchester United (exchange of contract shared the first installment of the consideration paid and surety for the second installment already signed) and after it had reached a verbal understanding with the player on his contract.
During today, the English club had granted its affiliated written permission to travel to Florence for medical and sign the contract. The player had embarked, accompanied by his attorney and paid tickets from Fiorentina on a flight to Florence. But in Florence, the player never arrived. Because of reckless and arrogant actions of other companies, which have nothing to do with the values of honesty, fair play and ethics of sport and that lie beyond the boundaries of loyalty.
As for the player, in addition to its characteristics and its technical merit, at this point we are happy that did not come to Fiorentina did not deserve our city and our shirt and the values it represents.’
Gazzetta dello Sport branded the Bulgarian ‘the most hated man in Italy’ as Juventus claimed they were told at the eleventh hour that Berbatov wanted to stay in England ‘for family reasons.’
But this isn’t the first time that Berbatov has caused aggravation on Tottenham curiously at the time managed by the current Fulham manager Martin Jol, it was widely suggested that the player was refusing play for Spurs. At Tottenham though his stock had never been so high and his partnership with Robbie Keane made him worth every penny that Sir Alex paid for him. Spurs bought Berbatov for €16M in May 2006. Spurs then sold him for €30M + Frasier Campbell loan deal in 2008.
Fulham are now expected to sign Dimitar for fee at this point thought to be worth less than £5M.
Has Berbatov pulled a stroke here, or is it all a terrible misunderstanding?