Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he may be forced to let striker Dimitar Berbatov leave Manchester United in the summer.
The Red Devils boss admitted he was aware of Berbatov’s need to play more regularly at this stage in his career, but conceded that he would not be able to guarantee the former Tottenham Hotspur more involvement than he currently has.
“Dimitar could play tomorrow [in Bilbao] but I have good options with front players,” Ferguson is quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
“His contract situation is we will be taking up the option on the contract but, having had chats with him, he wants to get first-team football and we need to consider that at the end of the season.
“At the moment, he remains at United. But I'd listen to what he says. I think he's concerned he isn't getting enough first-team football.
“It's difficult for me to guarantee that. At 31, you can understand he wants that. It may lead to him looking elsewhere.”
The forward joined United from Spurs in 2008 for a fee of around £30.75million and enjoyed some success early in his Old Trafford career.
However, he has become less and less involved as Ferguson has looked to younger and more mobile forwards to partner Wayne Rooney in the United attack.