Friday, April 27, 2018

Berbatov would welcome Premier League return

Berbatov would welcome Premier League return

Former Manchester United F.C. striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he would welcome a return to the English Premier League after being released by French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.

Berbatov, who scored seven goals in 26 league appearances for Monaco in 2014/15, helped Les Rouges et Blancs qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League but was not offered a new deal at the Stade Louis II.

“It’d be a pleasure [to return to England],” Berbatov said.

“I spent a long time in England and I keep very good memories. Everyone is watching the English championship… the Premier League, and I’ll be delighted to return.

“I feel good and I think I still have a lot to give to football.”

Berbatov, 34, has been linked with Aston Villa (5/2), Crystal Palace (4/1), West Ham United (7/1) and newly-promoted clubs Bournemouth (7/2), Norwich City (8/1) and Watford (6/1) in recent times.

Fuchs signs for Leicester

Austria international defender Christian Fuchs has signed a three-year deal with Leicester City after four years at FC Schalke 04.

Fuchs, 29, will officially join the Foxes on 1 July on a free transfer.

“I’m happy that I’ve signed for Leicester City,” Fuch’s told the club’s official website. “It was always a goal for me to play in the Premier League, and I’ happy that this dream has come true.

“Everybody watches the Premier League. I think it’s the best league in the world. Leicester City is a new experience and new challenge for me.”

Fuchs, who tallied two goals and four assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke last term, will compete with the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and Paul Konchesky for the starting-place at the King Power Stadium next season.

Vertonghen: Spurs must keep Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain Jan Vertonghen is hoping the club will decide to keep star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris amid reports linking the France international with a summer move to Manchester United.

Reports have suggested Lloris, 28, is United’s No. 1 option to replace David de Gea if the latter were to quit the Red Devils for Real Madrid this summer.

However, Vertonghen would like to see Spurs ignore the Red Devils’ imminent approach for the shot-stopper and signal their intention of competing for the Premier League title.

“He’s been outstanding for us and if you want to continue growing as a club you have to keep your best players and Hugo is one of them,” Vertonghen said. “I hope Tottenham can keep him. It will be a sign for everyone next year that we want to compete in the Premier League.

“We ended the season well in the last two games and we didn’t expect to finish fifth. Hopefully we can continue to push for fourth. We’ve got four big teams ahead of us at the moment but we have to find a way to beat them.”

Lloris kept eight clean sheets in 35 Premier League appearances for the North Londoners last season.


Shawn Etemadi



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