Sir Alex Ferguson has told Paris St-Germain they have no chance of signing Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.
After Berbatov’s omission from United’s Champions League squad for the final at Wembley, it was felt Berbatov would leave this summer. Even Ferguson admitted it would have been no surprise if the Bulgarian had asked for a move. However, during the pre-season tour in north America, Berbatov claimed he still had unfinished business and felt any move would represent a step down.
That did not stop PSG making their interest known and backed by an influx of money from their new Qatar-based owners, they felt there was a good chance of luring Berbatov to France. It took a quick conversation between Ferguson and the PSG director of football, Leonardo, to end that hope.
“I had Ferguson on the phone but he said he was counting on Berbatov and he was not for sale,” said Leonardo after his side’s 2-1 win over Valenciennes on Sunday.
Although Berbatov did not start United’s opener at West Brom, his introduction as a second-half substitute did help the side claim a 2-1 win. And with Javier Hernández still ruled out as he completes a recovery from concussion, it would be no surprise if last season’s joint golden boot winner is named for Monday’s match with Tottenham.
United will hope to win in order to keep pace with Manchester City’s impressive start to the season. Yet after securing their 19th championship with only 80 points last term, in his programme notes ahead of the Spurs game, Ferguson has suggested the number may once again be lower than the 90 that tended to be the target.
“It seems to me that the Premier League will be tighter than ever this season,” Ferguson said. “We play in a strong league and it is getting stronger. I guess around 85 points will win it, maybe even 80 again, though we will certainly be looking to improve on that total.”