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Berba Has “Effectively” Two Years On Current Deal

David Gill has today played down any suggestion that Manchester United are prepared to sell Dimitar Berbatov. Despite both Berbatov and his agent repeatedly claiming he has no interest in leaving United, he has been linked with moves to Italy.

With just one year remaining on his current deal, there was the belief that Berba had to agree a new contract this summer, or leave on a free next year. Gill has today talked about a clause in Berba’s contract which means this isn’t necessarily the case.

“There is an option to extend Dimitar’s contract by another year, on the club’s side,” said Gill. “We can do it whenever we want to do it and there are no conditions around it. Everyone has been talking about Berbatov from the outside, saying he wants to leave or that we want want him to leave, but we don’t want him to go. We want him to stay. He scored over 20 goals last season, so there is no desire on our behalf to see him go. From our perspective he has, effectively, two years to go. We have until the end of the season [to extend his contract], so we can assess how it goes, talk to him, see how he performs and see what happens. I’ve not had one conversation with Dimitar [about his future]. There has been no correspondence in that respect. The decision Alex took [leaving Berbatov out of the Champions League final] was a decision he took for that particular game. It wasn’t a decision taken with a view that we want Dimitar to go, because we don’t.”

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  1. King Eric says:

    Fred. “We are turkish airlines. We are globally yours“. Annoying as fuck isn’t it.

    Fergies gum. Not United calibre. Seriously? He is one of the most naturally gifted and talented footballers I have paid to watch at United. Infact having read your post again you say he IS definitely United quality. Apologies for that although I suspect you omitted the word not!

  2. willierednut says:

    Like a mid 90s rave on here. So much love! :lol:

    Brendan Block on the decks! :shock:

  3. Fred says:

    Just watching some athletics on the box. Anyone remember the Barcelona Olympics, 1992? Class. 8)

  4. smartalex says:

    We’re gonna swallow disco busquets tonight, and no one has to parkalona.

  5. willierednut says:

    Party people! :lol:

  6. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Any news on whether this is going to be a full-strength vs full-strength match, or one of those passable friendlies where either team does not want to give any tricks away? I hope it is not the latter since we are not even in the same League to begin with and there is no reason to suggest we’ll meet at all in the season.

  7. willierednut says:

    Hold on there Balaji, I’ll phone the boss and see what the crack is with the team selection. ;)

  8. Fred says:

    Not in the same league figuratively or literally. #oooff! *Tin hat on*

  9. StatesideAussie says:

    Balaji … I suspect SAF will treat this as a serious work out and field the strongest side he has available. I hope he does. I guess there might be one or two surprise selections off the bench though.

  10. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Stateside, Yeah, that is what I hope as well. King Eric was raving about how they looked like shit without Messi in their last game. So, I am more interested about what they field because we can have a certain idea as to how Sir Alex will treat this game.

    @Fred, That is why I said “League” with a captial-L mate. :P

    @willie, Get Costas on it ASAP. :lol:

  11. Fred says:

    @Balaji – Haha, let’s hope Barca are left looking like Losers with a capital L tonight. ;)

    (Like we were at Wembley.) :(

  12. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Fred, :D

    smartalex @ 17:38, “Also, I think we’ll give them a wake-up call tonight.”

    That gave me the saddest deja-vu ever as it reminded me of what we talked about here in the day leading to the 28th. :(

  13. CedarsDevil says:

    So this is where the wee Wes gang have been hiding….. Thought you can stay out of my sight eh?

  14. willierednut says:

    Pipe down kooky monster. :lol:

  15. pritch the red says:

    The fucking idiots running the show put berba on trial and give carrick a four year contract ext when they should have shown him the door .How can u put your top scorer on trial .

  16. smartalex says:

    @Balaji, pre-season has felt noticeably different today, as each time I’ve thought ‘Barcelona’ I’ve been reminded of the after-math of that game.

    The only way to free us of these reminders is to beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

  17. CedarsDevil says:


    If you are referring to what I think you are referring to than I agree :shock:


    Piping as we speak!

  18. willierednut says:

    Pipping as you speak? :mrgreen:

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    You trick of sending me agents to keep me busy on other threads eventually failed. I found you, hence you have been pipped! :mrgreen:

  20. willierednut says:

    I’m down here Cedric. ;)

  21. CedarsDevil says:

    Caught you on the other thread with in a minute…… :mrgreen:

  22. CedarsDevil says:

    Says a lot about the strength of your clique, I appear and all your compatriots run and hide

  23. smartalex says:

    Here, there, everywhere!

  24. willierednut says:

    I told them to take pity on you. Being old and all. :lol:

  25. CedarsDevil says:

    One man army fighting for justice

  26. King Eric says:

    Blah. Yawn. Carrick. Yawn.

    Brandon Block mate. Fuck me what a clown. Remember when the cunt was caught redhanded selling pills on a documentary about Ibiza! Shit dj back in the day. I was a sasha and graham park fan myself. God those WERE the days.

    Balaji. Hello mate. Wooaahh. I didn’t say they were shit. I just said they were nowt like the same without him and Xavi. Don’t wanna end up eating my words.

  27. King Eric says:

    Why the fuck should Carrick be shown the door? Its not like he has been our most regular midfielder for the last five seasons and helped us to win four out of five league titles. Seriously pritch do you EVER havbe anything positive to say? All you do is fucking moan.

  28. willierednut says:

    Do you know what Brendan Blocks nickname is? Breeze.

  29. smartalex says:

    pritch the red always throws a can of worms over the fence when he walks past.

    He has become a bit of a bore.

  30. smartalex says:

    So, Brendan Block’s the guy they talk about shooting at the water-cooler.

  31. willierednut says:

    Paul Okenfold takes some beating.

    Belting DJ.

  32. King Eric says:

    Willie. Yeah mate. He was a decent dj was oakenfold. Cannot believe there is still a dance scene. It must be fucking shite. That ship sailed in ninety five.

  33. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 18:03: “gill is actually lying about utd wanting him to stay”

    C’mon, get serious. David Gill is talking out of both sides of his mouth – he quite clearly contradicts himself in those ten sentences. My point was not “disingenuous” (to quote SmartAlex @ 16:47) but, rather, to make it clear that David Gill was, indeed, talking out of both sides of his mouth and it would be naive to believe anything he said beyond the clear fact that UTD have control over Dimmy for two years – if they so wish to exercise that option.

    What David Gill did is what any/all sports executives do all the time. They dissemble – to call it “actually lying” is to hold him to a standard of behaviour that is even more strenuous than a counsel of perfection.

  34. feedemscraps says:

    Oakenfold is a fucking legend! As for Graham Park, he DJ’d at our local on the night of the CL final, played classics all night, took my mind off the result, for a while anyway!

  35. NBI Red Onion says:

    @ Sparkz

    That is the key point you made, especiallu after the way he played against Barca, it is difficult to see Wellbeck as lower than 3 rd choice, he is hopefully a shoe – in for 2nd striker after Rooney. I think how he and Machaeda do will determine whether Berb stays.

    I am not going to get into another debate about the guy because you just get abuse by people hiding behind screens, but I would HATE to see Wellbeck or Machaeda leave for lack of chances and Pea and Rooney are young enough to play for at least five more years and are not going anywhere and we have more youngsters coming through so something has to give. I also think people underate the style and quality of play Wellbeck brings to the table, given chances I expect him and Cleverly to break into the first 11 more often than not. Machaeda on his day has also scored some spectacular goals like he did Villa.

    Gill’s position is common sense, the Club has a policy about older players anyway and SAF rates the current first choice strikers and the younger players highly, some one has to move on to let them through if they earn it.

  36. smartalex says:

    NBI Red Onion

    I’m glad to hear that you no longer wish to abuse people from behind your screen.
    Well done lad!

    I hope that your new-found maturity extends that wish to our players, and that you will no longer hurl vile abuse at them. We are so much better than that!


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