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Pavlyuchenko brands Berbatov an ''arrogant snob''

February 28, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Former Tottenham ace Dimitar Berbatov has been branded an "arrogant snob" by current Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

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Russian Pavlyuchenko was brought in to replace Berbatov when the Bulgaria international quit White Hart Lane and moved to Manchester United on the final day of the transfer window last summer.

Far from being an admirer of Berbatov, Pavlyuchenko has revealed his utter dislike for the man who has become an instant hit at Old Trafford.

"I heard tales Berbatov was an arrogant snob," the Russian star told Moscow newspaper Gazeta. "After training, would just throw his dirty boots to the man who takes care of our footwear saying, 'Clean them for me!'

"No one likes such people. Still, he is now playing for Manchester United."

Pavlyuchenko then went on to compare Berbatov with Robbie Keane, who famously left Spurs at the same time as Berbatov only to make a hero's return during January's transfer window.

"Robbie Keane returned to Spurs as if he never left the club. It's evident that he's a man of authority inside the team which is good for us. He was always liked as far as I can judge but if Berbatov returned, it would be taken quite differently."

Pavlyuchenko also said he would love to play for United one day, having already made his ''dream'' switch to White Hart Lane.

Asked if he wanted to play for Tottenham's Sunday opponents, the team who could deny him his one chance of silverware this season, he replied: "It would be wrong not to dream about this. I have realised that the Premier League is exactly why you should start playing football in the first place, and United are the leaders of it. Once your first dream comes true you must start dreaming of another target."