Berbatov deal has Jol bubbling
The 31-year-old is set to complete a move from Manchester United
despite interest from the likes of Italian pair Juventus and
Jol, who worked with Berbatov whilst manager of Tottenham, will
be delighted to see the deal go through and believes the
goalscoring record of the former Bulgaria captain speaks for
He said: “I’m a very happy man and I think our fans will be very
happy and proud because it is probably the biggest in the history
of the club, that is how I feel.
“He has got a very good record, if you look at his record
internationally, and if you look at his record at Manchester United
I don’t think there are a lot of strikers, maybe (Robin) van Persie
in five years time, who could achieve that.”
The fee for Berbatov is believed to be somewhere between
?3-?5million, with the player’s wages expected to provide a
But Jol believes his side were in as strong a position as their
Italian counterparts, who had earlier argued between themselves as
to why Berbatov had not signed for their clubs.
“I don’t think Fiorentina will pay unbelievable wages, even
Juve, it is a big club but he situation in Italy is not as good as
people think,” said Jol.
“We are a healthy club so we can do what other clubs can do, if
you see Sunderland they brought (Steven) Fletcher for a lot of
money and we are in the same position, so we are not probably
paying what the big clubs are paying – but we are a healthy
The 56-year-old Jol went on the record during his time as Spurs
boss that Berbatov would be sold ‘over his dead body’.
The forward was sold to Manchester United for more than
?30million shortly afterwards but Jol is hoping for a continuation
of their working relationship from White Hart Lane.
“When I said in my last period at Spurs he would go over my dead
body – I’m still here and so is he,” he said.
“We have a good relationship. He he knows he will enjoy his
football with me that is for sure, hopefully he will score goals
with other good players around him.”
There may be more attacking players brought in to Craven Cottage
before the transfer window closes tomorrow.
Jol lost strikers Andrew Johnson, Orlando Sa and Pavel
Pogrebnyak during the summer and last season’s top goalscorer Clint
Dempsey is still likely to leave after making it clear he does not
wish to remain a Fulham player.
Losing that number of attacking players means Jol would like to
strengthen that area, with Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric
also on board, and he hopes Berbatov could make his debut at West
Ham on Saturday.
“We ended up with one striker, then we had two.”
“We did have four or five (last season) and we lost them and now
we feel that maybe we can do something in that area in the next
day…so hopefully we will be as strong as we were.
“I will have to speak to him (Berbatov), I spoke to him last
week and he felt good but now he is worried because he hasn’t
played all these games – but I think that if everything is fine
with his medical he can be involved.”