16 Jul 2012

Berbatov says Ferguson would sell him for five million pounds

10:23 am on 16 July 2012

The Manchester United football manager Alex Ferguson is willing to sell out-of-favour striker Dimitar Berbatov for five million pounds, the Bulgarian has revealed.

Berbatov, who has scored a record 48 goals for Bulgaria, has lost his starting spot at United even though the club took up an extra year's option on his contract in March.

He joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for 30.7 million pounds.

The 31-year-old wrote on his Facebook page that after he read a newspaper report that 10 million pounds was his price, he talked to Sir Alex, who told him it was five million.

Berbatov says he loves the club but wants to get game time so it would be better for everyone if he parted ways.

Berbatov scored 14 goals in his first season at United and found the target 12 times in his second season before finishing the following campaign as top goalscorer with 22.

However, last season he found himself behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order for a starting place as Ferguson admitted earlier this year that he would not be able to guarantee the Bulgarian regular first-team action.