WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

21/12/2011 09:30

Papers: Decision time

Berba out in cold
Manchester United have just 10 days to thrash out Dimitar Berbatov's future — or risk losing him to another club. The Bulgarian's contract expires in the summer, although the champions have the option of a 12-month extension. But that has yet to be triggered — meaning the £30.75million man will be free to talk to other clubs from January 1. Boss Alex Ferguson has always indicated he wants his record signing to stay with United, despite using him only sparingly this season. The ex-Tottenham hitman shared the top-flight Golden Boot with Carlos Tevez last term but has yet to open his league account in this campaign. The 30-year-old's only goals came at Aldershot in the Carling Cup and against Benfica in the Champions League, leaving Fergie a big decision to make. Tonight's opponents Fulham have enquired about taking Berba to Craven Cottage on loan, while Turkish outfit Galatasaray are also keen.
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

Meanwhile, there is widespread coverage on the verdict of the FA case involving Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez.

In other news, the Independent says reports in Portugal confirm talks are being held between United and Benfica over a £29m deal for Nicolas Gaitan even though the Reds have apparently denied having an interest in the midfielder.

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