Dimitar Berbatov finally completed a
switch from Manchester United to Fulham on Friday following a
merry-go-round week in which he backed out of moves to Serie A
clubs Fiorentina and Juventus.
The move reunites Berbatov with manager Martin Jol, who was
in charge when the 31-year-old was at Tottenham Hotspur.
"I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham and I look forward
to playing under Martin Jol once again," Berbatov said on
Fulham's official website after agreeing a
two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
"As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to
join was an easy one to make.
"I'm impressed with the set up here and the people have made
me feel welcome. There is a close and personal feel around the
club and I can't wait to get started."
Jol said Berbatov was a player he had always admired.
"He did well for me at Spurs and I'm sure that he will do
well here at Fulham.
"He's a player of great quality and technical ability who
will give me the attacking option I've been looking for.
"When he's not scoring goals, his ingenuity often leads [to]
chances being created for his team mates and I'm delighted that
we've been able to convince him to come to us, as there was a
lot of attention from other clubs."
Berbatov had appeared bound for Fiorentina earlier in the
week and left club officials fuming after his last-minute U-turn.
Fiorentina said in a statement that he had been booked on a
flight to Italy, but he did not travel due to "the reckless and
arrogant actions of other clubs". He was then linked with a move
to Juventus before the deal with Fulham was completed.
Berbatov's move away from Old Trafford had been widely
tipped, having fallen out of favour with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
He joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for a
club-record fee of 30.75 million pounds,
scoring 48 goals in 108 Premier League appearances.
Berbatov is the second player to move to the West London
club on Friday, with former England international Kieran
Richardson joining from Sunderland on a three-year deal, with
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