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Out-of-favour Bulgarian almost certain to leave Old Trafford following Champions League final omission & is willing to consider a controversial £10m return to White Hart Lane

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By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov is keen on making a sensational return to Tottenham, Goal.com has learned.

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The Bulgarian striker looks set to leave Old Trafford for £10 million this summer after he was completely left out of the squad for the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona last Saturday.

Berbatov joined United from Spurs in acrimonious circumstances on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2008, but he has told friends he would be interested in a return to White Hart Lane.

The 30-year-old was a huge hit in north London as he scored 46 goals in all competitions in two seasons at Spurs following a £10.9m switch from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 - but he angered fans and the club by refusing to play as he forced a move to Old Trafford.

Tottenham are believed to have discussed the possibility of re-signing Berbatov but are unlikely to make a bid due to the unsettling influence he had in the dressing room during his time at White Hart Lane.

Chairman Daniel Levy is also wary of Sir Alex Ferguson's interest in playmaker Luka Modric, and any discussions about Berbatov will inevitably raise the prospect of a deal including the Croatian. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is adamant that Modric will not be sold despite the 25-year-old's suggestion that he is open to a move to a club in the Champions League.


All white now? | Dimitar Berbatov would consider a return to Tottenham

"Dimitar will take some time to think about his future but the only clubs in England he would consider are those in the Champions League - or Tottenham," a source close to the player told Goal.com. "Right now, he does not want to play for United - and they don't seem to want him either."

Berbatov appeared with the rest of the United squad on Monday as they paraded through Manchester to celebrate winning the club's 19th English title.

But both the player and the club accept he will leave Old Trafford, with Berbatov out of contract next June and refusing to sign a one-year rolling deal worth £120,000-a-week.

Berbatov finished as the Premier League's joint top scorer with 21 goals but is unhappy at being relegated down the United pecking order following the emergence of Javier Hernandez.

Despite his age, he will not be short of suitors, although United will want to recoup as much as possible of the club record £30.75m fee they paid Spurs for the player in September 2008.

Berbatov is understood to favour a move to German giants Bayern Munich, while Italian side Juventus have also expressed an interest in the former Bayer Leverkusen striker.

Newcastle have also been linked with a £7.5m bid but Berbatov is understood to have no interest in a move to St James' Park despite supporting the club when he grew up.

Once Berbatov leaves Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson will turn his attention to securing a younger replacement for the Bulgarian.

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