Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Paris Saint Germain off Dimitar Berbatov, according to the French club’s sporting director Leonardo.
Big-spending PSG, backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, have made an enquiry to land the Bulgarian as they look to continue reshaping their squad at the Parc Des Princes.
Berbatov has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time, with Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez the new first-choice strike force at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old is said to have been hugely upset at being left out of the club’s squad for the Champions League Final with Barcelona in May and seems unlikely to see regular first team action despite netting 21 goals in 24 Premier League starts last term.
It had been suggested United would be prepared to let Berbatov move on with the player entering the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford.
Even in the absence of the injured Hernandez, Sir Alex Ferguson preferred to start with Danny Welbeck instead of Berbatov in the season opener at West Brom last Sunday.
However, Leonardo claims Ferguson has warned ambitious PSG off a move for Berbatov before the close of the transfer window as he remains part of his plans at United.
“I had Ferguson on the phone but he told me that he was counting on Berbatov and that he was not for sale,” Leonardo told France Football after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Valenciennes.