Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will extend his contract until the end of next season and lay rest to any doubts over his future,
The 31 year old’s existing deal expires this summer, but a clause in the deal allows the reigning Premier League champions to extend by a year. United will complete those negotiations this month and keep Berbatov until the summer of 2013. There had been doubts over Berbatov’s future at the start of the season, but United have been quick to comment and dismiss any rumours.
Sir Alex Ferguson stated after Berbatov’s performance in the 2-1 loss to Ajax at home last week that the Bulgarian would be at Old Trafford next season. With Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and the emergence of Danny Welbeck keeping Berbatov on the bench, reports emerged of a move to Germany and back to former club Bayer Leverkusen. Paris Saint Germain and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have been linked with Berbatov, but the decision to sign a new contract has quashed any rumours of an exit.
Back in December, Ferguson predicted the Berbatov contract issue would be solved in March, which has duly occurred. The United boss said: ‘We’ll be exercising (the option to renew). I think it kicks in in March’.
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