Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says that he will not prevent Dimitar Berbatov from leaving the club in January.
The enigmatic Bulgarian rocked Craven Cottage this week after his agent revealed that he is keen to leave the relegation-threatened club over the winter.
Despite coming in for criticism for his laid back playing style, the former Manchester United and Tottenham man is still regarded of as the Londoners’ key player and is thought of by many as somebody who can help the club avoid the dreaded drop to the Championship.
Talk of a move to Turkey to join Trabzonspor has been circulating, while other reports claim he may be the subject of shock offers from Liverpool and Arsenal.
Even though ‘Berba’ is undoubtedly one of his key players, Meulensteen says that he will not prevent the forward from moving on if he wants to:
“I will never stand in the way of people’s ambitions. He is an immense player that I think any manager would want in his team – especially me.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I’ve worked with Dimitar for so long. I’m one of his biggest fans because I know what he can do.
“I witnessed it every day on the training pitch at Manchester United.
“I had a really good chat with him. But we spoke about him as a player and the most important thing for me is to focus on the next few games up to January, no more.”