Dimitar Berbatov opens up on controversial Tottenham Hotspur exit
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov enjoyed a stellar debut season at White Hart Lane. He scored 23 goals on his way to winning the Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year and being inducted into the PFA Team of the Year.
More would follow the following season, with him helping the club to their first major trophy this century. Within months, he would turn from hero to villain as he made the move to Old Trafford.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth, the Bulgarian has revealed that he asked manager Juande Ramos to not play him because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
The transfer sparked a row between both the clubs. Sir Alex Ferguson was accused of “sheer arrogance” by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for publicly stating his intention to bring the player to Old Trafford. Spurs also complained to the Premier League about United’s conduct.
Berbatov admitted to understanding Levy’s take on the subject. He insists that the Spurs chairman was only looking at protecting the interests of his club.
“I understood completely Daniel Levy’s position because he is fighting for his club”
Levy did not want to sell his prized asset to United but admitted Berbatov had made his wish to leave clear. Berbatov also confirmed the allegations that he did not want to play.
“At that moment, I was not concentrating [On my football], and I told this to my coach and the director of football Damien Comolli”
Berbatov felt he was not in the best frame of mind to contribute on the pitch, something he communicated to manager Juande Ramos and director of football Damien Comolli.
In the end, Berbatov did make the move on deadline day and went on to spend four successful years at United.
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The Bulgarian spent just two seasons at the club. He was a prolific scorer and played his part in securing our only trophy this century.
He may not have left in the best of circumstances, but the impact he had on White Hart Lane in his brief time with us cannot be dismissed.