In an appearance on Goals on Sunday last week, current free agent and boyhood Newcastle United fan, Dimitar Berbatov, admitted that he almost signed for Sunderland earlier in the year.
The classy Bulgarian has been out of contract since being released by Greek side PAOK in June last year and there had been muted talk that the former Manchester United maestro could join the Magpies on a free transfer this season.
Such rumours were quickly played down, however it had been revealed that the striker had a soft spot for NUFC, with an old picture of him holding up the famous black and white jersey only fuelling such speculation.
In an appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday last weekend, however, the striker made a surprise admission, claiming he almost signed for bitter rivals, Sunderland, earlier in the year:
“I want to play and to be honest, I had a conversation with a couple of managers – even the Sunderland one. But in the end, nothing happened,”
“You know when you play for a long time, and I’m still in good shape. I stay in good shape and I’m looking to keep playing.”
Berbatov was then asked by by show host Ben Shepherd whether he would have been open to playing for David Moyes’ relegation threatened side:
“Yeah of course (I wanted to play for them).”
“At that stage in my life, it’s all about football. To play a little bit more – one more game, one more year, enjoy my teammates, the football, the fans, the pitch. But as I say in the end, nothing came of it. It is what it is.”
Given his lengthy spell without a club, you couldn’t knock the Bulgarian even if he made the unthinkable move to the Mackems, however it would’ve been an ironic turn of events given his apparent dream to emulate Alan Shearer on Tyneside!
Hopefully the 36 year-old secures one last move before he hangs up his boots, being a player I used to love watching, carrying immense ability and class in his heyday.