Monday, May 21, 2018

Berbatov wants Monaco stay

Dimitar Berbatov joined Monaco from Fulham on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day

AS Monaco FC striker Dimitar Berbatov has confirmed his desire to sign a new contract with Les Rouges et Blancs in the summer.

Berbatov, 33, joined Monaco on loan from Fulham during the January transfer window and has become a first-team regular under manager Claudio Ranieri at the Stade Louis II.

The former Bulgaria international, whose current contract at Craven Cottage is set to expire at the end of the season, will be looking for a new parent club in July.

He plans to sit down with Monaco officials to discuss a new contract when the 2013/14 campaign comes to a close, and rightfully so.

Last year, the Principality were playing in France’s second-tier, Ligue 2, but an audacious summer spending spree funded by Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has put the club on the verge of UEFA Champions League qualification.

With four league fixtures remaining on schedule, Ranieri’s side (21-9-4) are eight points clear of third-placed Lille OSC (18-10-6) for the final automatic UCL qualification place.

The club’s meteoric rise has made the Stade Louis II one of the most desirable workplaces in world football.

“My future? Everything is fine for me here, I play and score,” Berbatov told L’Equipe.

“When the season is over, we will sit around a table and we will decide if I stay or leave.

“I am doing my job on the pitch so far and I try to prove I am quite good. Do I want to stay at Monaco? Yes, I would like to stay.”

Berbatov, who has found the back of the net in each of his last two appearances, has tallied six goals and three assists in 12 games in all competitions for Monaco this season.

Samuel Inkoom attracting interest across Europe

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk right-back Samuel Inkoom, who is currently on loan at Greek Superleague side Platanias F.C., has revealed he has ‘offers’ from the likes of Olympique Lyonnais, Olympiakos and West Ham United.

The Ghana international, 24, is under contract at Dnipro until the end of the current calendar year but could agree terms on a pre-contract this summer.

“I don’t know where I will play football next season,” said Inkoom.

“I am focused right now on my national team and the World Cup in Brazil, but I have five offers so far. Olympiakos, West Ham and Lyon are among them.

“I do not want to talk more now, my mind is now looking at the World Cup, who knows in football no one knows.

“Anything can happen in football and I’m ready to go anywhere.”

Where should Inkoom ply his trade next season?


Shawn Etemadi



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