Berbatov: I’m staying with Man United

Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov insisted on Thursday

that he will stay with the club for another year, rejecting

speculation about a possible move away from Old Trafford.

In an interview for the 24 Chassa daily, the 30-year-old former

Bulgaria captain said he is determined to regain his place.

”I’m a Manchester United player and will be glad to fulfill my

contract,” said Berbatov, whose contract expires in 2012.

In the interview, Berbatov also denied earlier reports that he

had left Wembley Stadium ahead of the Champions League final on

Saturday. He revealed that he watched the game on TV in the

dressing room.

”I was just disappointed and ashamed that I was left out of the

squad. Because I can’t hide my emotions, I didn’t want people to

see how sad I was,” Berbatov said.

Commenting on manager Alex Ferguson’s decision to leave him out

of the squad, Berbatov said he felt ”very disappointed” and ”it

hurt me a lot,” but acknowledged that a coach’s ruling has to be


Berbatov was the Premier League’s joint top scorer this season

with 20 goals as United won its 19th league title, and he vowed to

help the club win the title again next year.

”I’m very proud of this. I came to England from a little

country and I know that during every training session, during every

game I have to be better that the others because I’m a foreigner,”

he said.

”Manchester United is the highest step for me,” Berbatov said,

adding that everything after that would be a step down.

”Of course, this moment will come but for the time being I want

to stay with Manchester United and help my team win the 20th title,

which I’m sure is on its way.”