Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has blasted former player Dimitar Berbatov, with the Spurs chief claiming that the Bulgarian International twice refused to play for the North London club as he tried to engineer a move to Manchester United.
Berbatov, finally got his wish to leave White Hart Lane for Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in a £30.75million deal that saw Frazier Campbell come the other way on loan, but levy insists that Berbatov’s refusal to play in the Premier League matches against Sunderland and Chelsea had “a detrimental affect” on the Tottenham dressing room.
“We had a player who had refused to play two games for us, having a detrimental affect on the dressing-room,” said Levy.
“We'd known for a year that the player had wanted out of this club."
Berbatov was a £10.9million signing from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in 2006, with Levy claiming that Berbatov had wanted to leave for the European Champions since 2007 after an outstanding debut season in the Premiership.
"We were very disappointed,” Levy said.
“Dimitar Berbatov was a player who we brought to this club at a time when Man Utd were interested in him.
“He made a conscious decision to come to this club, we invested a lot of money, nobody had ever heard of Dimitar Berbatov when we bought him.
“A year later with 10 days to go to the end of the window he tells us he wants to leave to go to Manchester United.”
Levy also believes that Berbatov’s conduct throughout the whole transfer saga, showed contempt for Spurs and that the Bulgarian didn’t treat Tottenham with the respect it deserved after putting Berbatov on the map.
“I don't think he treated this club with the respect that we honestly deserved," Levy continued.
“We put him on the map, I think he's an outstanding player, but he signed a long-term contract with this club and I think he should have stayed.
“I had so many conversations with him. He kept saying it was about his ambition to play for Manchester United. It wasn't a money issue. We offered him a new contract and he wasn't even interested in discussing it.”