Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov is looking for a new club — and he says he wants to come back to the Premier League.
The Bulgarian striker is a free agent after leaving PAOK Salonika in June. He told BBC 5 Live on Wednesday he wants to keep playing and would prefer to play in England.
“In this stage of my career I know where I am — I would happily play for a team where they use my experience and my knowledge. I can help young players develop and make the team stronger. In the end it’s all about helping the team play.”
Berba was a fan favorite during his two years at Tottenham, scoring 46 goals in 102 appearances. He wasn’t the fastest or strongest and had a good-but-not-great strike rate, but there was just something about him that made him so damn cool. He was all fancy flicks and nonchalance and floppy hair and his goals were spectacular more often than not — the kind of player Spurs fans fall for time and again.
His exit from White Hart Lane wasn’t completely smooth. He wouldn’t consider discussing a contract extension during the season then refused to play two games after Manchester United submitted a bid. Daniel Levy called his treatment of the club disrespectful and complained to the Premier League, claiming United had unsettled the player and broken transfer rules.
It appears time has healed those wounds. There were rumors the club wanted him back when he left Fulham in 2014, but he ended up signing for AS Monaco. He even showed up at Wembley on Wednesday to watch Spurs face off against another former team, Bayer Leverkusen.
As much fun as it would be, the idea of Berba returning to Spurs is probably a bit #BatCountry because 1. he hasn’t been particularly good in the five years since he left Old Trafford, 2. that lackadaisical style makes him very much not a Pochettino player and 3. it looks like Swansea might actually be looking at him.
Tottenham have had some recent success with former heroes returning to the Lane. Teddy Sheringham had two relatively good seasons in the early 2000s after winning all the trophies at Man United. Jürgen Klinsmann helped drag the club out of the relegation zone in 1998 with a stunning four-goal haul against Wimbledon (also the moment 10-year-old Nathan started believing in a higher power). And of course we’re all looking forward to Gareth Bale’s triumphant return when his loan finishes in 2022.
However it works out, it’s been a tough few weeks for Spurs fans so let’s all just watch these highlights and remember the good times before the inevitable heat death of the universe.