Dimitar Berbatov reveals how Man Utd dressing room reacted when Wayne Rooney rocked club with transfer request
DIMITAR BERBATOV has shared how he and his Manchester United felt after Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request at the club.
Rooney, 35, infamously handed in transfer requests on two occasions, in 2010 and 2013.
In the end the issue was resolved with a new bumper contract that made Wazza the highest-paid player in the Premier League at the time.
Harry Kane now finds himself in a similar position at Tottenham, and is reportedly keen to move on.
Analysing the Kane situation for Betfair, Berbatov reflected on the occasion in 2010 when Rooney expressed his unhappiness.
He said: “Transfer requests are a normal thing in football, players want to leave clubs.
“I was at Manchester United when one of the biggest names in football at the time, Wayne Rooney wanted to leave and handed in a transfer request.
“There were a lot of questions about why he wanted to go at the time and there was a lot of speculation, but in the dressing room you try to understand motives behind something like this and you don’t ask about it.
“You just try to put yourself in the player’s situation and see things from their side.
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“As a player you can’t pay too much attention to these things and get distracted by it because it can affect your own game and performance.
“Moments like this can bring tension to a team which is why you shouldn’t focus too much on it, you can only hope that it gets resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the team.”
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Manchester United are one of the favourites to land Kane, and Berbatov thinks Tottenham should let the striker go if that is his wish.
The Bulgarian made that exact move in 2008 and went on to have a very successful career at Old Trafford, scoring 56 goals and winning eight trophies with the club.
Kane is focused on accomplishing the same things in his career, as he recently told Gary Neville, and the offer of £80million in wages could entice him to the red side of Manchester.
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