Report: Former Manchester United forward could extend Monaco stay

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov has helped Monaco climb back up the table in Ligue 1 and could further extend his stay in the principality.

When the move happened, it was out of the blue but a perfect fit. Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov made the move to Monaco, and he hasn’t looked back since. The Bulgarian’s deal is up in the summer, but it looks like he would be happy to extend his stay in the principality for a little longer.

In Wednesday’s paper edition of L’Equipe, the French newspaper suggested that Berbatov would be interested in signing a new contract with the club. Midfielder Jeremy Toulalan is set to sign a new two-year extension after he was linked with a move to Inter Milan. The Frenchman’s decision to reject a pre-contract from the Italians and stay in Ligue 1 could spark new contracts for Berbatov and Ricardo Carvalho.

However, it is understood that the former United forward will only sign for Monaco if they finish in the top three. The 34-year-old has impressed this season and has notched seven goals in 23 games, using his guile and experience to help the young team.

Berbatov and his team-mates had the chance on Wednesday to force themselves into the title picture, but drawing 0-0 with Saint-Etienne at the Stade Louis II keeps them in fourth place with seven games left.

Victory for Les Monegasques would have taken them level with Marseille in third, but Leandro Jardim’s men couldn’t break down a well-organised Montpellier unit.

One of the best chances of the game came for the away side in the second half when Paraguayan striker Lucas Barrios fired a penalty over the crossbar.

Anthony Martial got the nod ahead of Berbatov, with the Bulgarian starting on the bench – although he would make a late appearance at the end of the game.

No club better suits the Berbatov persona than Monaco, so it would be an ideal way to end his career if he extended his career in the famous red and white kit.

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