Could Dimitar Berbatov come out of international retirement?

Berbatov retired from international football in 2010 (©GettyImages)

AS Monaco forward Dimitar Berbatov is the target of Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev, who wants to bring the former Manchester United man out of international retirement. 

Berbatov made quite an impact on the international scene, netting 48 times in 74 appearances for his country - before retiring in 2010. 

But Petev, who was named manager on Thursday, is reportedly eager to get the ex-Fulham striker back on board to help them reach the Euro 2016 finals.

EURO STANCE

Bulgaria currently sit fourth in Group H with four points, six behind both Croatia and Italy, who lead the group and five behind Norway, who are third. 

It will take a fine run of performances for the Bulgarian team to reach the finals, however that is the aim of the new boss, who wants Berbatov to help them achieve it.

 

ATTEMPTS HAVE FAILED BEFORE

Former Bulgaria boss Luboslav Penev also attempted to prize the Monaco star back into the international game; an effort which failed.

"I have the ambition to meet him and talk," Petev told the Bulgarian state television. "We'll see what will happen."

A FINE CAREER

The 33-year-old frontman started his career in his home nation with CSKA Sofia, scoring 26 goals in 49 games for the Bulgarian outfit. He continued to make a mark on the goalscoring front wherever he played, which led to his £10.9m transfer to Tottenham in 2006. 

He scored 27 goals in 70 games for Spurs, before departing White Hart Lane for a whopping £30.75m, to join Manchester United. Berbatov scored 48 goals for United, before joining Fulham in 2012.

He scored 19 goals in 51 appearances for The Cottagers, before leaving to join AS Monaco on what was believed to be a loan deal. It was later revealed that Fulham had released the forward. 

The Bulgarian has netted five times for the French side so far this season, and remains Bulgaria's all-time record goalscorer.

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