T-SHIRT STUPIDITY

The Fulham manager Martin Jol has said that the striker Dimitar Berbatov is stupid for producing a bizarre T-shirt slogan in the recent 1-1 draw with Southampton. Dimitar Berbatov has been one of the influential signings for Fulham this season. He has been able to help the club reach levels closer to the top half of the table, while Fulham would also be struggling in the relegation zone had it not been for his presence this season. He was a £ 5 million signing from Manchester United in the summer. Martin Jol has praised him recently by saying that he is one of the best in the league. He scored in the match against Southampton during the weekend to put Fulham ahead in the match. Even though the visitors managed to equalise the match after 8 min, the sixth goal of the season by Dimitar Berbatov helped Fulham keep their heads above the relegation zone in comfortable manner. After scoring, Berbatov unveiled a T-shirt that said –‘Keep calm and pass me the ball’. This has infuriated the manager Jol, who has said that such a statement was unnecessary in a situation. However, he can understand where Berbatov is coming from. Berbatov is someone who encourages a lot of the youngsters to keep possession of the ball. “It was a bit stupid and I will have to have a word with him. He probably thought he would get away with it as he never gets booked. It wasn’t the brightest thing to do but he wanted to make a statement. He tells the youngsters every day to play with confidence, keep the ball and don’t be afraid. You need confidence and self-belief to play your football," said the Fulham manager, whose side have not had the best of form in recent weeks.

BERBS IS CLASSY

The Fulham manager Martin Jol has said that the former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is a classy entertainer following his excellent start to the Fulham career this season. The 31-year-old once again returned to London after enjoying a short spell at Manchester United. Fulham signed him in the summer for a relatively low transfer fee under the noses of the Italian club Fiorentina. He has made a great start to the Fulham career by scoring numerous goals in the match as he has played for the club. This has led to the manager Martin Jol praising him by saying that he is a fantastic footballer and an entertainer. Dimitar Berbatov was once again extremely important for Fulham in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal. He scored the penalty that helped Fulham take at least a point from the match. Even though he appeared to be disinterested throughout the whole match by not putting in the work rate of the other players, his undoubted quality and talent helped him outshine other strikers at the club. Even the opposition manager Arsene Wenger was in praise of the striker after the match. In the end, Berbatov scored two goals in the match, while also providing an assist for the other Fulham goal. "I don't think he likes to be an entertainer but he entertains with his style and I don't want to take that away from him. He wanted to show me that his last penalty was not a coincidence," the Dutchman recalled. "I said: 'Please, next time, just put it in the net, don't wait for the keeper'. People think he's a sulker and on the field they think he might not be giving 100 per cent but in his mind he is giving everything for the team and you have to accept that," said Martin Jol.

BERBS A DELIGHT TO PLAY WITH

The Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has said that it is a pleasure to play alongside the former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov. He has also expressed his surprise at how quickly the Bulgarian has settled to life at Craven cottage. Fulham managed to secure the signing of the 31-year-old Bulgarian international on the final day of the transfer window. They had managed to secure him from the noses of the Italian club Fiorentina. He started his life with his new club in the best possible manner after scoring two goals on his debut. Even though he is unlikely to be fit for the match against Manchester city, Mark Schwarzer has said that he is surprised at how quickly he has been able to settle. Dimitar Berbatov not only scored in the match against West Brom, but he was also quite spectacular in the match against Wigan as well. He provided the crucial assist for the former Wigan player Rodallega scored the opening in the match. Fulham then went on to win the match 2-1, thus claiming a crucial away victory. The Australian International was extremely good in the match against Wigan. He has said that he wants to continue his good form against Manchester city as well. “Dimitar Berbatov is an excellent player, everyone knows what a great player he is and he’s been excellent for us since the day he arrived. He’s a top pro who is happy to help out the young boys and I think he’s a massive plus for us and we’ve seen that in the games he’s played. When you’ve got new players added to the squad, it’s always important to have that core of a team that have the experience and know what it’s like to play for Fulham Football Club," said Schwarzer. <strong>Want to win a <a href="http://www.footyprints.com/liverpool-signed/">Liverpool signed</a> photo? Send us your score prediction for the next match via twitter, and you might win! :)</strong>

BERBS SET TO GO

Dimitar Berbatov is on the verge of leaving Manchester United. According to some reports, Berbatov has clearly been told by the United management that there is very little possibility of him getting a chance to play in the upcoming season. Berbatov wasn’t given many opportunities to play in the last season as well. He featured for United in only 21 matches in the last season. Now, with the inclusion of Robin Van Persie in the United squad, it has become even more difficult for Berbatov to get a place in the side. So, the Bulgarian striker wants to leave the club. It has been reported that the Russian club, Zenit St Petersburg, has shown interest in Berbatov and the striker could be on his way to Russia. Berbatov has been playing for Manchester United since the last 4 years. He had joined the club in 2008 on a contract of 4 years. United had bought him from Tottenham Hotspur after paying a transfer fee of 30 million pounds. Berbatov played his first match for United against Liverpool. He scored his first goal for United against Aalborg BK in a match of the Champions League. In the 2010-11 season, Berbatov scored five goals in a match against Blackburn Rovers which is a record. United had won that match by 7-1. In the last season, Berbatov was often ignored by Alex Ferguson and Danny Welbeck was preferred ahead of him. In January 2012, there were rumours that Berbatov might be transferred to Bayern Munich, but, United had ended those speculations by extending Berbatov’s contract for another 1 year. However, neither Berbatov nor Alex Ferguson has said anything about Berbatov’s transfer yet. But, according to the reports, Ferguson doesn’t need Berbatov in the team anymore and the Bulgarian striker could be leaving the club pretty soon.

BERBS – TIME TO GO

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has said that the time has finally come for him to leave Manchester United. The striker joined Manchester United in 2008 for a British transfer record fee of £ 31 million, but has struggled for first-team appearances lately. Despite being the top scorer at the club in the previous season, he has been used very sparingly by the manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Due to the impressive performances of Danny Welbeck and Hernandez, it is unlikely that Dimitar Berbatov will get any chances in the first team next season. At 31 years of age, the Bulgarian has revealed that he wants first-team football and is prepared to look elsewhere. Manchester United decided to extend his contract by one more year in March, but that is unlikely to prevent him from leaving the club according to the former Tottenham striker. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed that he would be willing to listen to offers for the striker, but has also said that the club will not be selling him for cheap money. It is thought that United will undergo a massive transformation in the summer after failing to win any trophy this season. United have spent with little money on transfers in recent seasons. "We talked 10 times, he told me there would be a place for me but I stayed on the bench. My time at United is running out, I no longer feel like a valuable part of this team. I think I did well in the few opportunities that I received. I am a little frustrated by the way this happened, I do not think I deserved it. But I have dignity and I stopped going to such meetings, it is clear that I'm leaving United. It's obvious that I have to leave. I'm looking for a new place now," Berbatov told the Sun.

BERBATOV RULED OUT FOR BASEL

Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the match against FC Basel, which is one of the most crucial Manchester United have played in recent seasons. This match is even bigger than the Champions League final that they played last season due to the simple fact that they could go out of the Champions League at the group stages itself. It has happened only two times during Sir Alex Ferguson's career at Manchester United, and the Scotsman will be keen to make sure that this will not be the third time. Even though Dimitar Berbatov has been marginalised this season, Sir Alex Ferguson will know that his injury is a major blow because he can always count on the Bulgarian to deliver when it matters the most. Further, Wayne Rooney has not been exactly in great form and has been played out of position in the last few matches. It has resulted in the England striker going without a goal in nine matches, which is one of the worst run of form during his entire career. The fact that Hernandez is also out with an ankle injury makes the injury to Dimitar Berbatov even more serious for Manchester United. They currently need a draw from the match against FC Basel in order to have a chance of going into the last 16 after Champions League. As a result of the injuries, Sir Alex Ferguson only has two fit strikers in his squad – Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. Even though Manchester United do not need the ability to score a lot of goals in this match, they at least need to score some in the eventuality that they concede against FC Basel. Manchester United managed to drop two points against FC Basel in the home fixture after drawing the match 3-3.