Bulgaria want Dimitar Berbatov back

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New Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaus wants Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to end his international retirement.

Berbatov, 29, retired from international football in May following Bulgaria's disappointing qualifying campaign for the World Cup finals.

He scored 48 goals in 77 appearances for the Tricolors but ended his international career following criticism of both himself and the national team.

Since his decision Matthaus has replaced Stanimir Stoilov as coach and the former Germany international has revealed that talks with Berbatov are his number one priority.

"I plan to start talks with Berbatov," said Matthaus.

"He is still welcome in the Bulgarian national team. As a Bulgarian player he should be proud to play for his country."

Berbatov is currently playing the best football of his United career after going some way to silence his doubters with a stunning hat-trick in last weekend's 3-2 Premier League victory over Liverpool.

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