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Berbatov Wants To Leave, Admits Levy

Berbatov Wants To Leave, Admits Levy

Daniel Levy broke Tottenham's silence over the future of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane who are heavily linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, respectively.

The Spurs chairman issued an angry statement, condemning both clubs' behaviour and accusing United of hypocrisy in the light of our complaint to FIFA about Real Madrid's behaviour in their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

'Today's public comments by Manchester United's manager, announcing that he has made an offer for Dimitar and is confident that the deal will go through with time working in their favour, is a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players. It is also probably one of the worst offences by any manager in the Premier League to date and is unbelievably hypocritical given his recent comments in respect of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

'This comes after a series of events, dating back to last summer, which have shown Manchester United to be in breach of Premier League (PL) rules. As a result, we have today made an official complaint to the PL about the conduct of Manchester United. Benitez made similar comments in respect of Robbie recently and we made an official complaint to the PL about the conduct of Liverpool earlier this week.'

While I have no inside information about what United have done before, it was surely unwise from Sir Alex to speak about his confidence of a deal being done quickly and indeed, it resembled Real Madrid's usual sickening overconfidence. However, I'd like to point out a few differences to Mr. Levy.

This is the very first time that any member of Manchester United spoke about Berbatov in public while in Real Madrid's case there were comments from Calderon and Schuster in Marca practically every other day.

Even more important is that United made official bids for the player whereas Real made clear that they would not make offers until Ronaldo declares his wish to leave.

Levy says United have made contact with Berbatov and his agent without permission which, if true, is indeed illegal - but I'd like to hear some evidence about it. In Ronaldo's case, his agent, Pedro Mendes confirmed that he had held talks with Real Madrid so that's another difference. Emil Dantchev merely said that he knew of United's interest in signing Berbatov.

So, basically, while I agree that Fergie was quite tactless with his comments, which were surely designed with the aim of persuading Berbatov... but comparing it to Real's pursuit of Ronaldo is quite ridiculous - the two stories could not be more different.

The constant speculation - which was, may I remind you, only media talk, for nobody at United ever said we wanted to sign Berbatov - turned the players' head, according to Levy.

'However, when a player's head is turned and their commitment is absent, particularly when they occupy key positions such as that of striker, they become a negative influence in a team dressing room in which they were once a positive addition and influence. This is the situation we now have on our hands, with both Dimitar and Robbie having made it clear that they wish to leave for Manchester Utd and Liverpool respectively.'

If FIFA did not find Real Madrid guilty then Liverpool and United should both escape without punishment as Spurs do not seem to have more evidence against the two clubs than United had against Real Madrid. And I just can't see any other outcome than Berbatov and Keane being granted their wish.

The ever-increasing nature of player power is a sad thing, whatever Blatter says, as we can see now in Ronaldo's case. But it will surely secure the desired moves for Spurs' two top strikers.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday July 18 2008
Time: 8:07PM


'Sir' Alex???? Read our chairman's statement on our website. The closest thing to class for your chairman will be drinking beer from a glass instead of a bottle. Berbatov will no doubt come to you but your manager stinks! Mouville
18/07/2008 20:13:00
Any way you try and justify the apparent "difference" between Real's pursuit of Ronaldo and your pursuit of Berbatov just shows a large amount of desperation. The only difference between the two is that La Marca quotes the Real hierarchy whereas papers over here just quote "sources", however shadowy they make it. You know full well that the sources come from your club but Man Yoo are cleverer than Real in how their sources are quoted in the media here. It is a clear tap-up and it is disgusting that your club tries to take the moral high ground when the exact same thing is done to them. Nothing but a bunch of infernal hypocrites.
18/07/2008 20:23:00
Levy also says that he has evidence that your club had contact with the player and agent without Spur's consent. Blatent disregard for Pl rules.
18/07/2008 20:25:00
Fair Article. Berba always wanted to leave us and most Spurs fans have accepted that, but the Keane bid is gutting. It could be tactics on Levy's part to get a bigger payday - Frank Aresen's move to Chelsea springs to mind. Coys
18/07/2008 20:28:00
how can u say that mr whiskey nose is not guilty of the same offence as real madrid????? he is blatantly guilty of the same offence as madrid with the comments he made about a contracted player....fergie must be smoking some h-a-r-d ***** if he thinks its cool to say what he did, but report madrid to fifa.....berba is a class act who i will hate to see leave, but from the tone of levys statement on our club website, you are going to be paying top, top dollar for him....any notions of 20 or 21 mil should be forgotton. remember that spurs are financially very strong, with the best assests to debt ratio in the premiership...we have absolutely no need to sell regardless of what the players might want
18/07/2008 20:31:00
Well its must be because all of these players are treated like "Slaves" I mean would you put up with the money & the fame just to have to hold a contract? The truth is the top of football is as corrupt as it ever was, if not more!! Sad but true, yet I'm still suckered in to my tickets!
18/07/2008 20:34:00
united and liverpool fan hang your head in shame.
18/07/2008 20:40:00
Levy, unlike fergie has obviously got hard evidence to come out with this statement! Otherwise he could have just reported fergie in January when he unsettles Berba in the first place!! If anyone should be reported, it's Berba's agent!
18/07/2008 20:47:00
First Hargreaves, now Berbatov ..... Fergie is a hypocrite ... end of.
18/07/2008 20:57:00
Latest posts have Levy now saying that Berba and Keane want to and will probably leave. Here's my response to Sky Sports and some other posts! If this is true I am really disappointed, digusted and pi**ed off at Levy and Spurs. I have supported the team for 40 odd years and am sick and tired of our team becoming a joke with great promises from Management and then the best players sold off to the Top 4 - Maybe I'll support the Spammers now and blow some bubbles - at least I know they are going nowhere and therefore there are no more big suprises and disappointments! "Perhaps Mr. Levy should grow a pair of ba**s like Martin O'Neill and tell Breba and Keane that they signed contracts and will be held to honour them and they will leave when Spurs feel that they have honoured their committment to the team, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FANS,by getting them in the Top 4 and CL, which is what they are paid to do - PERIOD. If he let's these two clowns get out of their contracts, what happens when Mod and Gio have a great year next year and Manure and Liverpuddle or the Gooners come a callin"? Otherwise Levy's words are pure "weasel words" and he is more concerned with the cash to drive up share values to sell the team and club! No wonder Spurs fans are angry and frustrated - we are becoming a "feeder club" for the Top 4 with comments like Levy's!"
18/07/2008 21:04:00
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