Berbatov 'did not deserve' to wear the Fiorentina shirt, says angry club statement

The Manchester United striker was close to completing a move to Florence but pulled out of the deal after new interest from Premier League club Fulham reportedly emerged
Fiorentina have issued a statement slamming the conduct of Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, whose proposed move to the Italian club has collapsed.

La Viola have confirmed that an agreement with the Premier League club had been reached, with contracts exchanged, the first instalment of the payment due to United made and personal terms agreed verbally with the Bulgarian forward.

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Juventus were also interested in Berbatov but according to their president, Giuseppe Marotta, the player will now join Fulham in order to remain in England and play under his coach at Tottenham, Martin Jol.

Fiorentina have now expressed their disgust with the behaviour of competing clubs and insist that the 31-year-old "did not deserve to wear our jersey".

"The player got on the flight with his agent and on tickets paid for by Fiorentina," the statement reads. "He never arrived in Florence.

"This was down to outlandish and arrogant behaviour of other clubs, who have nothing to do with fair play and sporting ethics that go even beyond the confines of fairness.

"As for the player, apart from his characteristics and his value on the field, at this stage we are happy he didn't come to Fiorentina. He did not deserve our city, to wear our jersey or the values that represent it."