Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has confirmed that the Bulgarian striker is set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
Berbatov has struggled for first team football across the past two seasons largely thanks to the emergence of Javier Hernandez, and with Danny Welbeck now staking a case for regular football the former Tottenham striker’s chances at Old Trafford look increasingly limited.
Berbatov has played in just 19 games for United this season, and has scored nine goals including a hat-trick against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Last week United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Berbatov’s future may lie elsewhere and now his representative, Emil Danchev, has confirmed that the Scot will not stand in the way of any deal come the end of the current campaign.
"I had three meetings with Alex Ferguson," Danchev told the Bulgarian media.
"We should accept that he'll try to build a team for the next three or four years and Berbatov will not be part of this team.
"Ferguson wants to change the playing style, to implement more speed.
"I was pleased with United's position as they said they'll not oppose Berbatov's move in the summer."
The 31-year-old remains United’s record signing having cost £30.75 million when he joined from Tottenham in 2008, but suffered the humiliation of being left out of Ferguson’s squad altogether for the Champions League final last season.
Berbatov admitted he was ‘ashamed’ after missing out on the defeat to Barcelona at Wembley amidst rumours he would leave the club before the start of the current campaign, however the former Bayer Leverkusen forward insisted he would see out his contract at Old Trafford, which is rumoured to have been extended to run out at the end of next season.
With a move on the cards in the summer Danchev remains adamant that his client would remain in Europe, and won’t join a lesser league for financial gain.
"Dimitar will most probably leave England but he doesn't want to move to the U.S., Japan, United Arab Emirates or championships like these," he commented.