Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he had an approach from Sunderland earlier this season – and had wanted to sign for the Black Cats.
The move broke down because the Bulgaria forward heard nothing more from the Wearsiders after an initial conversation. But he told Sky’s Goals on Sunday programme that he was still hoping to return to football and has continued to train and keep himself fit with a view to returning to the game.
“I want to play and to be honest, I had a conversation with a couple of managers - even the Sunderland one. But in the end, nothing happened,” he said.
Tielemans Nearing Stamford Bridge Move
Chelsea are ready to steal a march on Manchester United in the race to sign £25m-rated Belgium ace Youri Tielemans
The Anderlecht prodigy is one of Europe’s hottest properties with a host of clubs interested in signing him.
But Chelsea are weighing up a bid as soon as the transfer window opens after sending a scout to watch him against Manchester United this week. Tielemans, 19, who already captains Anderlecht despite his young age, impressed as his side earned a 1-1 draw in the Europa League clash.
Inter Milan were also there to watch him, while Juventus, Monaco and Paris St-Germain all remain interested in the midfielder, who is under contract until 2020.
But Chelsea are willing to make the first bid for Tielemans after becoming frustrated in their pursuit of Atalanta’s Franck Kessie, who now looks set to join Roma.
In Other News
The two Premier League rivals will also compete for the signing of Real Madrid's 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata this summer. (Don Balon - in Spanish)
Schalke's Bosnian left-back Sead Kolasinac, 23, has not signed a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal and will decide between the Gunners and AC Milan next week, according to his father. (TV N1, via Football Italia)
Defender Glen Johnson, 32, is close to signing a new contract at Stoke despite interest from Premier League rivals West Ham and Crystal Palace.(Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea forward Diego Costa, 28, has admitted he was "angling for a move back to Atletico Madrid" at the start of the season. (Sky Sports, via Daily Mirror)
Thibaut Courtois' ankle injury, which ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United, is understood to have happened while the goalkeeper, 24, was filming a promotional basketball shoot for his club. (Daily Telegraph)
Sunderland's on-loan midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 22, wants to stay in England when he is let go by Manchester United this summer. (Sun)
United are willing to make a huge offer for 23-year-old Atletico Madrid and Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco. (Don Balon - in Spanish)
Olympiakos' Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis is hoping to complete his takeover of Nottingham Forest in the next fortnight. He is believed to have agreed terms but is awaiting Football League approval. (Daily Mirror)
Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, might need a scan on his injured ankle. (Times - subscription required)
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole, 29, does not believe the fans have turned on manager David Moyes. (Sunderland Echo)
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, would be a good signing for the European champions. (Telefoot - in French)
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has urged his out-of-contract players to sign new deals and play for the club in the Scottish Premiership. (Daily Record)
Real Madrid forward Isco celebrated his 90th-minute winner against Sporting Gijon on Saturday by signing "I love you" to a deaf couple, following a visit to a young fan who speaks on behalf of her deaf parents. (Daily Mirror)
Some Chelsea fans were furious with centre-back Gary Cahill after he helped Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard off the floor instead of defending during their 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. (Metro)