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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Berbatov to stay on

MANCHESTER United's Dimitar Berbatov will have his contract extended until the end of next season, laying to rest any doubts about the club's desire to keep a player who has slipped further out of contention.

The 31-year-old's existing contract ends this summer but a "one-way" option enables United to extend it by a year at any time until it expires.

They will do so this month, which means Berbatov will be a part of Alex Ferguson's squad until June 2013 unless another club comes in for him in the next two transfer windows.

The one-year extension is understood not yet to have been signed, though United will invoke the option. Ferguson said of Berbatov's future before his strong first half in United's 2-1 defeat to Ajax last week: "I think we resolved that -- that he will be here next year."

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