Berbatov explains why he rejected City for Man United

Date published: Friday 27th October 2017 9:10

Dimitar Berbatov has explained why he chose to turn down a move to Manchester City to join Manchester United in 2008.

Berbatov moved to United after two successful years at Tottenham in 2008.

The Bulgarian endured a frantic summer transfer deadline day, which started with City having a bid of £34million accepted by Spurs.

But United swooped in to intercept Berbatov as he landed at Manchester airport, and eventually sealed a deal themselves late in the day.

“When United wanted me I was like a horse with blinkers on,” he told ESPN FC. “I was not interested in anyone else. City offered more money but the team was weaker and their history couldn’t compete with United.

“When I stood in the tunnel as a Manchester United player, I saw [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Wayne] Rooney, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, [Gary] Neville, [Nemanja] Vidic, Rio [Ferdinand], [Patrice] Evra, Edwin van der Sar. I said to myself: ‘Berba, you need to cherish this moment forever, my friend.’ And then I looked at the opponents. They were already beaten.

“When you follow your own path, you have to make decisions like this,” he said of leaving Tottenham. “I wanted to win trophies and play for the biggest club and the biggest club in England is Manchester United. They had been interested before and I thought: ‘If they come again, I’m not going to miss that chance.’

“My agent called and said that United were interested again. I didn’t believe him at first, but I trusted my agent and he said: ‘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. Like Nemanja Vidic, I came from a small town in a small country in Eastern Europe, but we had reached the top.”

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