Macnhester United will exercise their one-way option to extend Dimitar Berbatov's contract for another year, according to The Guardian. The Bulgarian striker's current deal expires in the summer, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the club will be securing his rights for a further season.
We'll be exercising [the option to renew], said Ferguson. I think it kicks in in March.
The fact that Manchester United want to extend Berbatov's deal does not necessarily mean that the club wish to keep him on for another year, however. Having the 31-year-old under contract assures that he cannot leave for a free come the summer.
Indeed, The Independent report that Manchester United could decide to sell if an offer of £4million-£5million comes in for his services.
Despite Berbatov finishing as the Barclays Premier League's joint-top scorer last season, he has failed to truly win over the Old Trafford faithful or Ferguson since his £30.75million move from Tottenham in 2008.
Berbatov has consistently been left out of the big games, both in the Premier League and Champions League, with a belief persisting that Ferguson does not trust him when things really matter.
Never was this more evident than when Berbatov was not even selected as a substitute for the Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley last May.
With Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez all ahead of the languid forward in the pecking order of strikers at Old Trafford, the summer could be the time for a parting of the ways.
In other Manchester United transfer news today, Rayo Vallecano right-back Tito has expressed his joy at being watched by United scout, and brother of manager Sir Alex, Martin Ferguson.
It's really flattering that a club like Manchester United are looking at me, he told AS, according to Goal.com.
I already knew that Martin Ferguson was here on Sunday at Vallecas, because they told me in the dressing room.
What I don't know is if that possible interest from the English club will translate into anything more in future.
If it does, I will be delighted. And if not, I will continue at Rayo, where I am happy.
But [these things] are always pleasant for a footballer. It's the result of the hard work put in by the whole team and the good season we are having.