Former Tottenham and Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to start training with former employers Manchester United as he considers a return to the league that brought him to the spotlight.

Berbatov who is currently out of contract after leaving POAK in the summer, is heavily linked with a return to Premier League club Swansea after manager Bob Bradly revealed the former United goal poacher is on his radar.

The Swansea manager last month said, “I saw Dimitar in May at a celebration game for Hristo Stoichkov in Sofia, I’ve met him a few times and I know he is anxious to get back in the Premier League; everyone inside our club knows that.”

Also, reports in Bulgarian media suggest that the 35-year-old striker is keen on returning to the English top flight despite his age. Berbatov is set to visit the Manchester United training ground in Carrington next week in other to train with Jose Mourinho’s men as he prepares for a possible spell with another English club.

It would be recalled that the former Bulgarian international joined Manchester United from Tottenham in the summer of 2008; following the move, Berbatov went on to score an impressive 48 goals in 108 premier league appearance for the red devils.

Berbatov who had since left Old Trafford has gone on to play for Fulham, Monaco, and Greek outfit POAK, reproducing the form that saw Manchester United pay a huge sum of £30.5 million for his services in 2008.

One thing is certain, If Berbatov is to sign for any premier league club in the coming transfer window, he would no doubt bring with him the much need experience and knowledge any team would appreciate.

For now, Berbatov will concentrate on training and try to keep fit while he prepares for a possible interest from any premier league club.


Dimitar Berbatov has come out to throw his full weight behind ace striker, Vincent Janssen.

This comes on the heels of the former AZ Alkmaar player’ inability to find his form and start scoring for the club.

Janssen was recently signed by Tottenham during the transfer window in summer. However the past few weeks have seen Spurs go low on goals with the absence of their star striker, Harry Kane. Berbatov, believes Janssen would soon adapt to playing at Spurs and begin to score soon enough.

The Bulgarian International, who had once also been in striking position for the Spurs has said it also took him time to adapt to English football. However, when he finally did, he rose to become a star for the Spurs and also go on to score a lot of goals for them.

Berbatov spoke to BBC Radio 5 live. On the subject of the Dutch international, the 35-year-old had this to say:
“You have come to a new environment and a different style of playing. I think he will take a bit of time to get used to his new team-mates, with the football, with everything. But I think he will be fine.

“I have been watching all the games when I can and I think he’s doing fine for the moment.”

At his former club AZ Alkmaar where he was before being signed on by Tottenham, Janssen had scored plenty of goals and on international level, he always is a starter for his country. However, he seems to be finding it a bit tough to settle in and get back his best form for the club.

Tottenham doesn’t seem to be able to have enough patience to wait for the player to find his form as it could cost them a lot in the process.

DimitarBerbatov Turns down Egyptian Move toAl Ahly

It is understood that DimitarBerbatov turned down a potential move to Al Ahly after the club failed to retain the services of manager Martin Jol.

The Dutchman enjoys a special relationship with the Bulgarian striker after having been in charge of the player at two of his previous clubs. Jol was the manager who bought Berbatov to English football when he was at Tottenham. This turned out to be one of the best spells in his career for the Bulgarian striker, who was previously plying his trade in German football.

Immediately after the departure of Jol, Berbatov’s performances began to drop rapidly and the player showed his intense desire to join Manchester United. The Red Devils were ready to pay a whopping fee of £30 million for the forward and it was a club record at the time.

Berbatov was not a huge success at Old Trafford, although he did win the league title. He joined once again with Jol but this time at another London outfit, Fulham. Even though this relationship again did not last for a long time, Jol managed to get the best out of the player. It was thought that Al Ahly were keen on bringing this partnership back to life, although Berbatov has aged considerably in the last decade.

Now 35, the striker was available on a free transfer. It is reported that the club made a € 400,000 offer to the striker even before all the bonuses, but it was turned down by the former Manchester United star after seeing Jol depart the club just before transfer discussions could progress on a more serious note. The Egyptian club had signed the manager with an expectation to go to the next level, but fears over personal safety forced Jol into exit the club much earlier than planned.

Berbatov to Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is looking for a striker to reinforce their attack.

Indeed the club has lost three strikers during the transfer window and is looking for a quality striker. There was news that Crystal Palace was seeking to sign Benteke from Liverpool during the summer, but they have been discouraged by the asking price. The Crystal Palace board is reported to be looking for cheaper alternatives.

One player that they might consider is DimitarBerbatov. The former Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United striker is available on a free transfer and will not cost anything. The player has left Greek club PAOK on mutual consent and is currently looking for a club.

Although it might be on a short-term contract given that the player is 35-years old, Crystal Palace will be getting a highly experienced player. Indeed the player has played in Europe’s biggest competition during his time at Manchester United and Spurs and will definitely be an asset to Crystal Palace. DimitarBerbatov also has good knowledge of the Premier League and will not require any adaptation period.

Some pundits argue that Berbatov is a player that is past his prime. Although this is true, we must not forget that Berbatov has never been a pacy player. He was never the sort of player that run past players. He has not lost anything to his game. He has always relied on his intelligence and his placement to receive the ball and create assists for others. So, at this age, he is still capable of influencing games and creating goals. Berbatov will be a great player as a secondary striker or in a more advanced midfield role.

Crystal Palace is still considering other options, but they will have to act quickly if they want to sign Berbatov. A player of his quality will not remain free for an extended period.


Former Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov has been linked to a move to two English Championship outfits Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest, according to reports.

The English Championship looks like one cracker with former English Premier League teams in Aston Villa and Newcastle joining but keen on returning to top flight football as quick as possible. There are lot of links that the Bulgarian striker is in talks with two Championship clubs and one is believed to be the Magpies.

Head Coach of Newcastle, Rafa Benitez has made a lot of changes as the club adjusts to the new status of the club in the Championship but with the intent to return back soonest, the deal is one that looks likely. Berbatov is a free agent since leaving his former club, Greek side POAK earlier this summer. The player’s deal was not renewed as he only scored four goals in 17 games for the Super League side in the last campaign, a record that the club found underwhelming, considering his reputation.

Reports claim the 35-year old player admires the Magpies as he watched them grow. He is believed to see Alan Shearer as an idol and might likely favour a move to the North East. With Benitez very keen on landing a striker at St. James Park, he could very much consider the player who has fallen from grace.

Benitez will also be playing Dwight Gayle but Berbatov is a more favourable option. Berbatov scored 48 goals in over 100 appearances for Manchester United, after completing his £30 million move from Tottenham Hotspurs.

He was a very brilliant player with Spurs, helping with a lot of assists aside his 27 goals in two seasons. The move to Forest seems unlikely, especially as the club signed Apostolos Vellios for £1 million, and other striker exist at the club already.

DimitarBerbatov might consider a move to MLS

There are reports that DimitarBerbatov might be considering a move to the Major League Soccer in the summer.

The former Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United striker might be considering ending his career in the MLS.

News from Greece indicates that the former Bulgarian international might not renew his contract after its expiration in the summer and will seek a move to a MLS club. So far there is little information about the identity of the club and it is expected that the deal will be carried out in the summer.

Berbatov, who have joined PAOK in September, has only managed to make 14 appearances for the club with most of them coming as a substitute. He has scored 4 goals in the process.

DimitarBerbatov has come under intense pressure from the media as well as fans. He is accused of not giving his best for PAOK and to display a lack of commitment on the pitch. However, Berbatov has stated that this is not the case and that he still considers PAOK as his club. He said that it was his commitment that has brought him red cards in game and that he is fully determined to play for PAOK until the end of his contract.

However with his recent injury concerns, it is quite unlikely that a MLS club might be interested in signing him. But we should not forget that it was only last year that Berbatov was representing Monaco in the Champions League, and he may still bring some contribution on the pitch.

He is also quite experienced after having played some 102 matches for Spurs and 149 games for Manchester United. He will definitely bring his Premier League and Champions League experience to the MLS club that is willing to sign him.

Hugo Lloris asks Tottenham fans forgot their glorious past

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris claims that it is time Tottenham fans forgot their glorious past that included players like Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.

He has asked them to talk about the present and future. The Frenchman has been a major factor behind Spurs challenging for the title. He has been immense former club in every way since his move from Lyon a few years ago. Lloris’ quality has helped Tottenham gain reputation as the best defence in the Premier League. Previously, Spurs were seen as a team that can perform one day and get a thrashing on the other.

Lloris says that this has gone out of the game, as the club are now extremely consistent in getting result every week. It sees them within five points of catching Leicester City at the top of the table. Lloris admitted that the club has gone through some great players like Berbatov, Luka Modric, and Gareth Bale. However, it is time that fans give recognition to the current generation of names in the team. The likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Lloris have been influential in the club’s transformation from one of the top four contenders into a title challenger.

Mauricio Pochettino has been receiving a lot of credit for transforming Spurs in the space of 24 months. “I remember in my first few years with Tottenham I used to speak with people working in the club or the fans. They used to live in the past. Through some great players like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, (Dimitar) Berbatov, Robbie Keane. Now if you compare they are talking about now and the future. That’s happened because now I think we can show identity on the pitch. We have a proper style. But the credit is for the gaffer,” said the French goalkeeper.

Dimitar Berbatov is still favorites for many Countries

Even though he is an old bloke now and is not playing anywhere close to as well as he is capable of, Dimitar Berbatov is still wanted in some parts of the world and Australia is one of them.

The sources have provided the information that the Aussie top division team Melbourne Victory is negotiating terms with the former Bulgaria international and his club Salonika and the talks are progressing pretty well.

Berbatov, who has always been an erratic but a highly gifted player, has not been able to sparkle the Greek League in the way he was thought to do when he was brought into the Salonika folds.

Four goals in 14 games are not the numbers worthy of his potential and that’s why, the critics have been of the opinion that the veteran is approaching the finishing point of his Football pretty fast.

But, playing in Australia might give a new lease of life to Berbatov. The culture, atmosphere, everything would be different down under and so would be the level of Football.

The Australian league might have grown by leaps and bounds and Berbatov might have been in the twilight of his career. Still, he would find himself one step ahead of the others if he gets there.

The Aussie fans would enjoy his presence too as they don’t often see too many players of his stature playing in their league.

As far as Melbourne Victory is concerned, they are pushing for Berbatov because they would, in all likelihood, be short on overseas players’ options in the 2016-17 Season.

The likes of Kosta and Mathieu would be departing and so would be a few others. So, the Big V is desperately looking around for some new recruits and Berbatov is certainly their best option at the moment.

Shakhtar Donetsk have managed to profit heavily from the sale of Alex Teixeira

Shakhtar Donetsk have managed to profit heavily from the sale of Alex Teixeira, who has joined the Chinese super league in a deal worth around € 50 million.

Backed by rich investors, Jiangsu Suning have been able to make this mega money signing that is expected to fuel more spending from this part of the world in the next few transfer windows.Teixeira has been amongst the transfer rumours for quite a while. Liverpool were seen as his preferred destination, but the Premier League club were not even close to Shakhtar Donetsk’s valuation of the player.

Due to violence in Ukraine, several high profile players have been expressing their desire to leave the country.

Liverpool were in negotiations with the player and his Ukrainian club during much of January. They are understood to have made a € 24 million offer, which was rejected by the club. Shakhtar Donetsk valued the player at around € 70 million. For the club, this represents a massive influx of money that can now be used to sign other players across the field.Teixeira has been at Shakhtar since 2009 and he has been a recognised superstar in this part of the world after helping the club win five league titles.

Jiangsu also signed Ramires from Chelsea for a fee of around € 21.5 million. “Shakhtar Donetsk and Jiangsu Suning FC have agreed on all the necessary formalities for the transfer of Alex Teixeira to the Chinese club. Transfer fee for the Brazilian midfielder is €50m.

Shakhtar thank Alex for the time spent in the team and wish him success at his new club,” read a statement on the official website of the Ukrainian club. Jackson Martinez is the other high profile player to have joined the Chinese league in the January transfer window of 2016.

It seems Al Ain has had enough now with two of the star signings

It seems Al Ain has had enough now with two of the star signings that they had made last year and the club is all set to get rid of them.

Ryan Babel is one of them yes, while, the other one is Emmanuel Emenike.

Both have proved to be complete failures in the top flight in United Arab Emirates.

Babel, in particular, has been on the target of the club fans, not only for his inability to produce the goals, but, also, for being undisciplined on occasions with his conduct.

Emenike, on the other hand, has been slightly better in comparison, but, he has not been able to do justice to his name either.

The Nigeria international had, however, joined Al Ain on loan only and in all probability, he would go back to his original club which is Fenerbahce.

Interestingly, Babel is also expected to follow him there.
Mr. Hamdoun, one of the chiefs at Al Ain, accepted in his recent interview that the duo might be moving to Turkey.

In the words of Hamdoun, “Ryan and Emmanuel are big names, but, it’s not strange in professional Football that big names join a club with big reputation and big expectations and are not able to live up to that. It happens.”

“It’s about the desire to play as well. At times, the big players, when they go to a club, they lose interest in playing for them and that, I think, has been the case with the two of them here at Al Ain.”

“For Emmanuel, there’s been approach from a Chinese club, but, I think both he and Ryan, they are more likely to go to Turkey.”

Al Ain is the topper in the standings in the UAE top division with 40 points right now.