Despite quotes attributed to his agent yesterday, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he does not plan to let Dimitar Berbatov walk away from Old Trafford.
Emil Danchev claimed that Berbatov was waiting for a concrete offer from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and questioned whether Berbatov was happy with his current situation at Old Trafford, as the striker has made just 10 appearances, struggling to claim a place ahead of Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck.
But Sir Alex has poured water on these claims, explaining that he plans to exercise a clause in Berbatov’s contract that guarantees one more year,
“Dimitar is still in my thoughts.
“I have read some things but there is absolutely no reason for me to let him go. He is an outstanding footballer and we will give the extra year.
“It is unfortunate the form of Javier Hernandez over the last year has been outstanding but he (Berbatov) plays a great role and he trains well. He has no complaints. The boy is a great professional and we are happy for him to be here.
“You need a good number of strikers in the modern day. If you look back to 1999, we had four great strikers. They all played their part. That is exactly what will happen today.”