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Berbatov completes AS Monaco loan move

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Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has completed an anticipated move out of Craven Cottage, with French club AS Monaco snapping the Bulgarian up on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Berbatov has recently been out of favour at the Cottage, and the writing was surely on the wall for his exit when Fulham signed Olympiakos forward Konstantinos Mitroglou for a club-record £11m.

Monaco are desperately in need of a striker, with Radamel Falcao out injured, and Lacina Traore loaned to Everton during the transfer window, and the French side saw off interest from former club Tottenham to seal the deal.

The 33-year old has had very mixed experiences throughout his eight-year spell in the Premier League. When Berbatov joined Tottenham in 2006, who coincidentally were also in contention to sign him on loan this time around, he was prolific and full of skill.

However, in recent years his laconic style of play has been described as lazy by fans and managers in the league, hence his lack of success near the end of his spell at Manchester United, and now at Fulham.

What surely cannot be disputed though is the Bulgarian's phenomenal technical ability. His finishing still remains clinical, and sometimes spectacular, showing he does still have what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Unfortunately, when Berbatov has poor periods of form, they show emphatically. He can be sluggish on the pitch, and lack determination to play for the team; a trait which has in part probably contributed to him falling out of favour with Rene Meulensteen at the Cottagers.

Monaco are currently second behind leaders PSG in the Ligue 1 table.

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