Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos has expressed his determination to retain Dimitar Berbatov, while expressing his interest in Barcelona’s Ronaldinho.
Berbatov’s future at White Hart Lane has been the subject of intense speculation all season, with Manchester United reportedly interested in making a bid for the Bulgarian international.
The 27-year-old opted to stay at White Hart Lane; however his agent – Emil Dantchev – recently revealed that the striker would be tempted to leave if an offer came in from Milan.
But Ramos insists that Tottenham will do all that they can to keep hold of the in-demand Berbatov.
“We want him to keep on playing for Tottenham, but we understand that he is an ambitious player,” he said on Sky Sports News.
“There are many big clubs that want to sign him; he deserves it (the interest) because he is a great footballer.”
Ramos has also voiced his interest in Barca’s Ronaldinho – whose future at Camp Nou has been the subject of intense speculation over the last few months as he has struggled for form and fitness.
“The big players fit into any team, including Tottenham. Ronaldinho would fit in every respect,” he told Sport.
Ramos, who arrived last October from Sevilla, guided Spurs to their first trophy since 1999 when they defeated Chelsea in the Carling Cup final.
And the Spaniard attributes his success down to hard work.
“I think my only secret is hard work,” he continued. “I think we have proved that we are working in the right way.
“Good results have helped people trust our methods. And when the first trophy came that was very positive for the club and the fans.”
Ramos also revealed that he eventually decided to leave Sevilla after the Spanish club gave him no indication that they wished him to stay on.
“I was proud to be coach of Sevilla for three seasons and all I wanted was to see the smallest sign that they wanted me to continue, but they did not nothing to keep me,” he told AS.
“I told them I was going and they just said ‘Goodbye then’.”