Dimitar Berbatov has committed his immediate future to Tottenham Hotspur, pledging to ignore any approaches from Manchester United.
“No one said that United didn’t have interest in me and my price in general but it has to be clear that there will not be a move this fall [autumn],” said Berbatov.
“It’s unlikely for two reasons. Firstly, no one from United has talked to either me or my agent and, secondly, my club hasn’t received any official transfer [offer]. I chose to join Tottenham last season. Now I’m staying at the club through my own free will – at least for now, while my contract is in force.”
United had been interested in Berbatov before he left Bayer Leverkusen last year but he chose to join Tottenham where he impressed last season scoring 23 goals in all competitions.
Spurs boss Martin Jol had criticised Berbatov for his poor performance in the opening-day defeat at Sunderland but has been dismayed at claims that he wants him out of the club, insisting he “would rather die than sell Berbatov”.
Jol’s position has come under intense scrutiny in the opening fortnight of the Premiership season with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy responding to defeats at Sunderland and at home to Everton by demanding the club finish in the top four this season.
However, Berbatov insisted that the recent turmoil at White Hart Lane had not weakened Jol’s position.
“There has been a lot of speculation but all I can say now is that this saga has strengthened Jol’s position,” he added.