34-year-old Bulgarian striker Dimitrov Berbatov is all set to come to Premier League as he is close to strike a deal with Aston Villa. Villa boss Tim Sherwood is looking to boost his side’s scoring options after struggling for goals last season. It was also revealed that former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was forced to retire in 2013 after being diagnosed with leukemia, has recommended his friend and ex-international team-mate to the rescue of Sherwood.
A source close to Petrov said: “Stiliyan knows him very well. He knows that Berbatov is still a top-class striker and he believes he can be the right man for Villa.”
“They need a top striker now because they sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool. You don’t have many strikers with experience in the Premier League available at the moment,” the source added.
The source also added “I know Dimitar has offers from Germany [Werder Bremen] and Turkey but his desire is to play in England once again. His family also prefers England and this could be his last chance to play there.
It’ll be a pleasure [to return to England]. I spent a long time in England and I keep very good memories. Everyone is watching the Premier League, and I’ll be delighted to return,” said Berbatov, who joined Monaco from Fulham in 2014. Petrov is Bulgaria’s most capped player and was also a teammate of Berbatov at CSKA Sofia in the late 1990s.