Manchester United match winner Dimitar Berbatov is looking even more likely to be exiting the club in the summer, the Daily Mail is reporting.
After a disappointing display against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi final on Saturday, speculation was raised over Berbatov’s future.
And now the paper has claimed that Manchester United put a clause in Berbatov’s contract to give Sir Alex Ferguson the choice of extending his time at Old Trafford. But Sir Alex Ferguson might in fact decide against prolonging the Bulgarian’s contract, in favour of concentrating on pairing Wayne Rooney with Mexican starlet Javier Hernandez.
Berbatov moved to Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for £30 million, and is currently the top scorer for both United and the Barclays Premier League.
But despite this success, Ferguson reportedly doesn’t see Berbatov as putting in enough of the hard yards into games like Rooney and Hernandez do. The star has started just three of Manchester United’s last 11 games, and was on the bench for both of United’s Champions League clashes with Chelsea.
Ferguson said today that despite feeling great gratitude towards players who contribute to Manchester United, he won’t think twice about cutting them if necessary to the club’s future.
"It's a horrible thing to say, but you can't be sentimental in this job," Ferguson said.
"I love the players that I've had and I've been very, very fortunate to have had great players who have come through my career with me.
“But my job is to manage United, to produce results and I'm no different from any other manager."