Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he wants to return to the Premier League next season after claiming he still has what it takes to cut it in England's top-flight.
It was confirmed earlier this week that the enigmatic Bulgarian would not be renewing his contract with AS Monaco and so is available on a Bosman free transfer, which is certain to interest a host of different clubs.
The 34-year-old helped the Ligue 1 outfit reach the quarter finals of the Champions League this season after moving to Stade Louis II from Fulham in January 2014.
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However, despite the relative success he's enjoyed in France, Berbatov has set his sights on a return to English soil, where he believes he spent the best part of his career.
"I spent a long time in England and I keep very good memories," he is quoted saying by the London Evening Standard. "Everyone is watching the Premier League and I'd be delighted to return.
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"I feel good and I think I still have a lot to give to football."
With nine goals in 37 appearances for Leonardo Jardim's side last term - to help the Rouges et Blancs finish in third place in the table - there's no doubt the old Red Devils marksman still knows where to find the net.
After moving to England in 2006 when Tottenham Hotspur paid Bayer Leverkusen over £10 million for his services, Berbatov became an instant hit at White Hart Lane and scored 95 goals in 229 Premier League appearances before eventually being sold to Manchester United for three times the price two years later.
At Old Trafford he spent four seasons under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, winning two league titles and the League Cup before moving on again in 2012, this time heading back to London to Craven Cottage.
According to BBC Sport, newly promoted Bournemouth are one club thought to be considering an offer for the veteran striker, although it's difficult to see the Cherries being able to afford the kind of wages it would require to entice Berbatov to the Goldsands Stadium at Dean Court.
"Dimitar Berbatov showed all his talent and a great professionalism. He is clearly among the greatest strikers who played for AS Monaco," reflected Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev following his departure.
Clearly Berbatov is still thought of very highly in football circles, so his ambition to move back to the Premier League could well prompt a number of enquiries for his services in the coming weeks.
Which Premier League club can you see Dimitar Berbatov playing for next season? How many teams can realistically afford his wages? Have your say in the comment box below…
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