Our former striker Dimitar Berbatov has admitted he had not heard of Tottenham before signing for us back in 2006 according to an article by ESPN Football
The languid Bulgarian joined us from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen and quickly established himself as a cult hero at the club, scoring our equaliser from the spot on our way to our League Cup Final victory over Chelsea,back in 2008.
The striker has now revealed that he hadn’t a clue who Tottenham were before he joined us, however he quickly grew to love the club after his spell at White Hart Lane.
“My agent said we’d had a serious offer from Tottenham,”:Berbatov said “I said: ‘Who?’ I was watching German football, not English.
“There were rumours of Man United’s interest too. I’d definitely heard of United, but they told me I was effectively a second choice if another player didn’t happen.
Berbatov added “So I took the offer to move to London, which I loved, and play for Spurs, who I grew to love.”
He scored a very credible 46 goals in 102 games for Spurs forming a cracking partnership with Robbie Keane. However,much to the anger of the Lane faithful, he got his ideal move to Manchester United in 2008, where he went on to win the Premier League three times.
Despite winning the League Cup with us , Berbatov explained that his move to United was because he wanted to win trophies with the “biggest club” in England.
He added: “When you follow your own path, you have to make decisions like this. I wanted to win trophies and play for the biggest club and the biggest club in England is Manchester United.
“You can stay here in your comfort zone or make the next step in your career.’ It was not a difficult decision; Manchester United were the English and European champions, they had the best players, they had Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford. How could I not be seduced?
“When I signed for United, I felt like it was a reward for everything that I’d been through in my life.”
In joining up with Fergie, Berbatov turned down a move to United’s rivals Manchester City, despite the newly-wealthy City offering more money.
“When United wanted me I was like a horse with blinkers on,” Berbatov said.“I was not interested in anyone else. City offered more money but the team was weaker and their history couldn’t compete with United.”
Honest words from our former forward. Manchester United was probably always the aim. He did give us great service and I guess Keane leaving at the same time further clouded our opinion of him. Perhaps letting him go wasn’t the offence and not having a decent replacement lined up was.
Let us have your thoughts on Dimi, a traitor or someone who wanted to just better himself.
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