Unhappy Dimitar Berbatov set to quit Manchester United
Striker 'losing confidence' after warming bench while Welbeck and Hernandez get all the action
MANCHESTER UNITED striker Dimitar Berbatov has given his biggest hint yet that he won't be at Old Trafford next season. The 31-year-old Bulgarian has been a bit-part player this season having fallen behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the pecking order.
Now, in an interview with Bulgarian website sportal.bg, the forlorn frontman has gone into confessional mode, saying: "I do not currently play in as many games as I want. I'm not happy... I am still waiting for my chance. We will see what will happen until the end of the season."
Agreeing that he was "not getting younger", Berbatov, who joined United from Tottenham in 2008, also said: "It is natural that my mood and confidence drop if I am not playing. I hope things change. I try to do my best when I am given the chance to play."
Though Berbatov's contract expires at the end of this season, there is apparently a clause in his United agreement that the club could activate so he remained at Old Trafford for a further season. That seems unlikely, however, with rumours suggesting he could join Bayer Leverkusen in June.
Arsenal's hopes of landing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen look to have gone the way of John Terry's Umbro deal. The Gunners were linked with the strapping six-foot centre back in last month's transfer window, but according to goal.com the Dutchman looks likely to throw in his lot with Bayern Munich.
The German outfit have had their beady eye on Vertonghen for a number of months and a deal in the summer looks to be on the cards. Denying that Bayern had made an official approach for the 24-year-old defender, one of the Vertonghen's representatives admitted that "there is plenty of interest."
In other news, Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder has admitted he could be tempted by trying his luck Stateside some time in the future. The Inter Milan star turned down the chance to join Manchester United last year but according to Tribal Football he wouldn't mind playing in the MLS having returned recently from a trip to the US with his wife. "This is something I'll think about, but in the future," he's quoted as saying. "Right now I'm not thinking of where I will play next season."
Finally, The Sun reports that Taye Taiwo hopes to make his loan deal with QPR a permanent one. The 26-year-old Nigerian left-back arrived at Loftus Road from AC Milan last month and is scheduled to return at the end of this season. But Taiwo says he loves life in London. "The fans didn't believe in me in Italy but I'm happy here and QPR want to sign me on a permanent basis."