United striker plays down comeback call

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Dimitar Berbatov has vowed to continue giving his best in order to win his place back in the Manchester United side - something he must do before he can even consider coming out of international retirement reports

The 30-year-old Bulgarian striker was the Red Devils' leading marksman last season, finishing the 2010-11 campaign as the Barclays Premier League's joint top-goalscorer.

But having started only two games for Sir Alex Ferguson's side this year, Berbatov could be forgiven for becoming a little frustrated with life at Old Trafford.

"I want to get more chances because I know I can help the team," he said. "I'll continue to give my best to earn my place in the team."


Berbatov didn't even make the bench for Manchester United in the North West clash with Liverpool last weekend, and he was an unused substitute in last night's UEFA Champions League clash with Otelul Galati.

The fixture, which was played in Romania was attended by several hundred Bulgarian fans, who travelled to the game to plead with Berbatov to return to the national set-up.

However, the Red Devils hitman intimated that while he isn't playing regular football for Manchester United, he shouldn't even be considered for the Bulgaria team.

"I didn't expect such a reaction," he commented on last night's reception. "I can't play for the national team if I'm not playing for my club.

"I would like to thank the fans, it was very pleasant. My team-mates wondered what was happening and I had to explain to them [about the noise]."

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