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.

Papers: Berba U-turn?

08/02/2012 09:35

Berbatov hints at comeback for Bulgaria

The Independent relay the story of Dimitar Berbatov's broad hint that he may be ready to come out of international retirement to play for Bulgaria again. The striker, speaking at a press conference at Carrington where Globul were announced as an official partner for United yesterday, admitted: "You should receive an invitation to return somewhere. My phone is switched on and I can be more concrete if I receive an invitation. No-one has tried to contact me. I haven't met [coach] Lubo Penev and I haven't talked to him."

Penev has since responded by telling dariknews.bg: "This is a positive sign. I had scheduled to talk with Dimitar this week. Needless to say, I would be glad if Berbatov returns to the team." Berbatov also suggested he will be signing a contract extension at Old Trafford, even though he'd like more playing time.

Some comments from Sir Alex appear in the Manchester Evening News and other newspapers as he fears racism could be returning in football. "I don’t understand at all where it’s coming from,” said the boss. “This is a moment where we have to take stock and we should do something about it if it’s surfacing again, and be really hard and firm on any form or shape of racism. There have been a couple of examples recently which is not good. In 2012, you can’t believe it. It was obvious maybe 20 years ago and the improvements have been for everyone to see. I have had some fantastic black players and with every one of them I have enjoyed my working relationship with them."

Edwin van der Sar's interview with Voetbal International is carried in a number of publications as he tells David De Gea he must handle the pressure of being United's number one. The Daily Mirror believe Manchester City are pondering a bid for Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan, who has been linked with the Reds after playing against Sir Alex's side in the Champions League.

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