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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2007, 08:08 GMT
Berbatov tells Spurs he will stay
Spurs boss Juande Ramos (left) and striker Dimitar Berbatov
Ramos (left) said he would not prevent any unhappy player leaving
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has insisted he wants to stay at Tottenham.

The 26-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation and new Spurs boss Juande Ramos said he would not force anyone to stay at the club.

But Berbatov told the club's website: "The fans have been behind me ever since my first game. I want to tell them that I am not going anywhere.

"I don't want to see my name in the newspapers anymore - I just want to play football and enjoy myself."

Berbatov was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer and those rumours recently resurfaced as the striker struggled to rediscover the dazzling form he hit last season.

He appeared reluctant to warm up as a substitute against Newcastle in Martin Jol's penultimate game in charge and his demeanour also came under scrutiny amid suggestions he was no longer happy at the club.

All the writing in the papers has been messing with my head and I lost my concentration

Dimitar Berbatov

But he said: "I want to let everyone know that I am a Tottenham Hotspur player, I love the club and everyone at the club.

"I don't always smile so much but that does not make me a bad person.

"I don't smile because we are near the bottom of the table and have not been playing well - I have not been playing well either."

And in an emotional outburst, Berbatov went on to criticise the media for involving his family after a report quoted his father as saying the striker was ready to leave Tottenham.

"There has been a lot of stuff written about me leaving. I haven't said anything until now but they are now involving my family and I cannot allow that," he stated.

"The worst thing is when someone starts writing lies and when people see that they start to believe it. That really is the worst thing.

"I have a contract and I will give my best, for now it is not going so well for me because all the writing in the papers has been messing with my head and I lost my concentration.

"I just want to play football and enjoy myself. When I see things in the paper, with somebody telling lies about my father, how can I be calm?

606: DEBATE

"I am disappointed and I don't understand how somebody can write something like that - it is a lie."

Berbatov's agent met Tottenham's sporting director Damien Comolli earlier this week, with Comolli later insisting the forward would not be leaving.

Ramos left Berbatov on the bench for his first league game in charge and the Spaniard said he could not stand in any player's way if he wanted to leave.

"I believe you can't force players to stay in the team if they don't want to," he said.

"It is not good for the team or the player, so I wouldn't stand in anyone's way if they want to leave.

"I think he is happy but that is a question you need to ask him. He is a Spurs player and he needs to help and support the team."

At the end of this season Berbatov will be halfway through a four-year contract after joining Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2006 in a 10.9m deal.



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