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14/05/2010 09:09

Papers: Berbatov braced

Berba fears new rival
Dimitar Berbatov fears his flagging Manchester United career will come under even more pressure if they buy a new striker. The hitman, who yesterday quit international football with Bulgaria, has been a flop since his £30.75million move from Spurs two seasons ago. Boss Alex Ferguson is already looking to sign either Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka or Real Madrid's Karim Benzema for the next campaign. Berbatov, 29, has two years left on his deal and admitted: "I'm sure United will buy a new striker - but I am there and that's important. I will try to fulfil my contract because where would I go after United? I have reached the top with them. I do not know about interest from other clubs."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The Daily Mail has an interview with Rio Ferdinand, in which he declares himself fit to play for England in South Africa, saying, "There’s been a lot of frustration for me at my club and it’s been a disappointing season all round. But if there is any silver lining to be found, it’s that I’ll be fresh and full of energy at the World Cup."

The Daily Star reports Wayne Rooney's ambition "to be England manager one day", as declared last night in London where he collected his FWA Footballer of the Year trophy. Sir Alex Ferguson was also in the capital, to receive the Outstanding Contribution to British Sport honour at the 2010 Sport Industry Awards, as pictured in The Times.

The Sun columnist Steven Howard slates "the idiot on the Stamford Bridge tannoy" last Sunday, who apparently said: "Eat your heart out, Alex Ferguson. This is what being champions is all about!" On a related note, The Telegraph quotes Sir Alex as saying United are going to raise the bar again next season, under the headline 'Ferguson warns Chelsea.'

Finally, the Mail says Corry Evans is wanted on loan by Nottingham Forest.

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