Saturday afternoon in the Tavern is when all the unfortunate souls who can’t make it to a game (myself included this week) turn their heads to the old TV in the corner to watch Jeff Stelling and Co keep us up to date with the scores around the country.
This afternoon in particular see’s Manchester United meet Bolton at home, and at the time of writing Dimitar Berbatov is sitting on the bench HERE having to watch Javier Hernandez glide around the pitch like the top striker that he is beginning to look. This comes on the same day that reports suggest that the Bulgarian forward is growing frustrated at Old Trafford due to the lack of starts he has endured over recent weeks.
This morning The Sun claimed the striker, who moved from Tottenham for £31million in September 2008, is beginning to question his future at the club after slipping behind the Mexican Hernandez in the Manchester United pecking order. The Bulgarian has only been selected ahead of the young striker once in the last six games, this supposedly is where his doubts are coming from.
Media reports suggest that Serie A sides are monitoring the situation and considering moves this Summer, the clubs paying particular interest are thought to be Juventus and Genoa. The newspaper goes on to claim that the Italian sides are ready to offer a nominal fee of £9million for the player this Summer, a figure reduced since the Bulgarians contract will expire in the Summer of 2012 meaning he could leave on a free if Sir Alex Ferguson and the Old Trafford hierarchy decided to not offer the 30 year old an extension.
In my mind it appears a bit of a farcical story. It crops up in this his first really prolific season at Manchester United, and I just cannot believe it to be true for various reasons. Firstly is the strikers form, he has been a top performer this season and I cannot see why Manchester United would allow him to leave now that he has finally found his feet, admitedly he will be over 30 when his current deal comes to an end, but his game has never been based around speed or other attributes that can diminish in a persons early 30’s they could easily afford to offer him an extension.
Secondly, whilst Javier Hernandez is in great form, Wayne Rooney isn’t and if he is to not rediscover his form of previous years the Old Trafford management may be tempted to cash in on the Scouse striker, giving Berbatov a bigger role to play. United don’t have a huge amount of forwards and I think that is another reason why they will be unlikely to let him leave.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, why would Berbatov have any interest in playing for either of the two clubs linked with him, Juventus are rebuilding but are still some way off returning to top flight European competition and challenging for trophies and Genoa are languishing in mid table so I don’t see either side as particularly attractive propositions for the languid forward.
Well there you have it, it seems like a slightly crazy story to me, and I don’t see it happening at this point but I suppose it remains to be seen. Surely though if Berbatov is deemed surplus to requirements this Summer he will be moving to a more glamourous side than the two being linked with him today…anyway, let me get back to focusing on Kammy, it is Saturday afternoon afterall!
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