Dimitar Berbatov claims that he could continue to play for Monaco.
Dimitar Berbatov could make his loan move to Monaco permanent in the summer. That’s according to both the French club’s coach Claudio Ranieri and the player himself.
The 33-year-old has scored two goals and provided as many assists in seven appearances in the French top flight, although that has not helped the Red and Whites in their title challenge much.
With seven more rounds of matches left in Ligue 1, Monaco find themselves 13 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and six ahead of third-placed Lille.
However, Berbatov has filled the Radamel Falcao-shaped hole in the team, the Colombia international forward having suffered a season-ending injury in January.
Ranieri is pleased with how the former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur forward has settled into his team and believes that he wants to remain with the club for next season.
"I don't know if he has become No.1 at Monaco but he is playing, scoring and getting assists," Sky Sports quotes the Italian as saying.
"Some show more fighting spirit in challenges but he is working more than before. Free agent next summer? He is important to us and I believe he wants to stay, but we will talk about that later."
Berbatov himself has stated that he is ready to sign a permanent contract with Monaco when his contract with Fulham runs out in three months’ time.
"I am not 20 years old anymore but I still know how to play football," the former Bayer Leverkusen star told L'Equipe. "People should not judge too quickly. When I joined the club, I didn't expect anything because I never played there.
“But my family is fine in Cote d'Azur, people are pleasant with me and helped me to adapt. I play with very good players and we are fighting for a Champions League position.
"It was the right choice. If I go on this way, we will sit around a table at the end of the season and we will see."
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