Berbatov left in limbo as Leverkusen rule out move for United forward
12:38 GMT, 31 May 2012
Limbo: Berbatov is no longer needed at Man United
Dimitar Berbatov's future remains unclear after his former club Bayer Leverkusen – who were leading the chase for the Bulgarian's signature – pulled out of a move for the Manchester United striker.
Berbatov was used sparingly by Sir Alex Ferguson last season, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all ahead of him in the Old Trafford pecking order.
United would be willing to let the 31-year-old leave this summer but, although they are resigned to making a huge loss on the 30million they paid Tottenham for his services in 2008, they would still demand some return on their investment.
It is that demand for a fee that has led to Leverkusen pulling out of the race for Berbatov, who played for the club from 2001 to 2006.
'We are looking to find a striker, one that works well alongside Stefan Kiessling. However, the return of Berbatov is not an option for us,' said chief executive Wolfgang Halzhauer.
'We are still on good terms with him but he would only be an option if he was available on a free transfer.'