Date:Thursday August 21 2008
Dimitar Berbatov has signed a Manchester United shirt at the airport of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Interesting story and all, I can even see it irks Spurs a bit but it's no big deal.
It's common knowledge that we hunt Berbatov with all our might. I expect that negotiations are going as I'm writing this, and it's no secret that Berb wants to leave Spurs for Old Trafford, I know this. Therefore I know what signing a United shirt could symbolically mean.
However, imagine yourself into Berbatov's situation. You've just scored a brace and you're about to return to England. Walking through the airport nonchalantly you see fans proferring all sorts of things for you to sign.
You pick up a pen and scribble your name down a few times when you see that someone, some cheeky bastard, is offering you a Man United shirt. Now, I think Berbatov has realised what the aim of the fan was: he just wanted to create a big story and seeing that all the media and the fans jumped on it, he was successful.
But what could Berbatov do? Simply refuse a fan? But that's so rude. Explain to the guy that it would be disrespectful towards his current employers if he signed the shirt of the club which he openly craves a move to? If you've ever seen players at an airport, you know it's not the time and the place for lengthy explanations.
His only choice would have been to pretend not to notice the guy. I don't know if it was possible in the circumstances as the photo published by the Sun does not show the whole scene (I'm sounding like it was a crime or something...). He chose the slightly cheekier and bolder thing: he signed it.
Yes, it can be interpreted as a message to Spurs: hurry up, I want to depart. But, as I have stated above, there are other explanations as well. And does it really matter anything? What DOES matter is whether the two clubs can agree a fee now. Anything else is meaningless at the moment.
Date:Thursday August 21 2008
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