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Berba set to seal new deal
Dimitar Berbatov will be handed a one-year contract extension by Manchester United — ending any hopes of a quick getaway. The striker is a free agent this summer and would prefer to look at his options. But United have decided to activate a clause in his contract. Berbatov, 31, was linked with PSG and former club Bayer Leverkusen in the January window. But United have made it clear to the Bulgarian and his advisors they intend to trigger the extension, which was inserted as part of the £30million deal which took him from Tottenham in 2008. It is understood Berbatov will not receive a wage rise on his reported £100,000-a-week salary either, as United seek to protect their original investment. Manager Alex Ferguson has spoken to Berbatov in the last fortnight and informed the forward he is happy to retain him as a valuable member of the squad. United will rubber-stamp the deal at the start of next month and would then only consider a sale if someone matches the asking price of around £8m.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail report Sir Bobby Charlton underwent minor surgery on Monday to remove a gallstone. The 74-year-old was meant to pick up a gong at the Laureus World Sports Awards in London but travelled home from the capital early after he began to feel unwell.
And although the transfer window only slammed shut last week, some rumours continue to rumble on. The Star reckon United, City and Chelsea are locked in a battle for £30-million rated Fiorentina forward Stefan Jovetic.