Goal.com is reporting that Dimitar Berbatov has stalled contract talks with Manchester United, after the match winner was offered a one year extension on his contract rather than a two year deal.
“The combination of Berbatov turning 30 [in January] and the rise of Javier Hernandez has changed things,” a source close to the striker said.
“Hernandez was not expected to perform as well as he has and the return of Wayne Rooney to top form has also weakened Berbatov’s case for a longer contract.”
Berbatov was purchased by Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for a club record £30.75 million fee, and reports are circulating that Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to recoup at least half of the fee for Berbatov’s departure.
Speculation has been growing that the Bulgarian will leave Manchester United this summer, particularly after becoming a second choice striker at Old Trafford. Berbatov didn’t even start on the bench when Manchester United travelled to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle last Tuesday, even though the goal sensation is the current top scorer in the Barclays Premier League.
Berbatov’s current contract with Manchester United runs out in June 2012, and the striker reportedly believed that a two year deal would be offered to him when he met with Ferguson. But while Manchester United have offered a wage increase from £80,000 a week to £120,000 a week, the deal was downgraded to a one year extension which is said to have infuriated Berbatov.