Dimitar Berbatov, at 35 years old, says he isn’t done yet.
The former Manchester United striker who won the Premier League twice with the Red Devils told BBC 5 Live that he wants to come back to play in the English top flight.
“When you’ve played in the Premier League you don’t want to play anywhere else,” Berbatov said. “In this stage of my career I know where I am — I would happily play for a team where they use my experience and my knowledge. I can help young players develop and make the team stronger. In the end it’s all about helping the team play.”
Berbatov spent five seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen before moving to England in 2006, first with Tottenham Hotspur for two seasons before a switch to Manchester United that netted 48 goals in 108 league appearances. He spent two more season in the Premier League with Fulham before heading overseas to play for Monaco and Greek side PAOK. He was released from Panathinaikos in June, leaving him without a club since the summer.
The Bulgarian international has made 78 appearances for his country, scoring 48 times, but has been retired from international play since 2010.
Burnley, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Swansea City, and Sunderland have all failed to score double-digit goals thus far in league play. However, some of those clubs, such as Middlesbrough and Swansea, already have new purchases up front and likely would pass on someone of Berbatov’s abilities.
The 35-year-old was known for his unique style of play which featured brilliant flashes of skill and technique that punctuated long stretches of seemingly nonchalant strolls around the pitch. He was often branded as “lazy” although many disputed that negative label.