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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Berbatov snubs Bulgaria calls

ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says that he can't consider a return to international football with Bulgaria as he is not a regular for his club.

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Hundreds of Bulgarian fans made the trip to Otelul Galati's Bucharest stadium to try and persuade the 30-year-old striker to come out of retirement as United won 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

"I didn't expect such reaction," said Berbatov, who was an unused substitute for the game. "I would like to thank the fans, it was very pleasant. My team-mates wondered what was happening and I had to explain them (about the noise from the stands).''

But their pleas fell on deaf ears as Berbatov, who boasts an impressive international scoring record of 48 goals in 79 matches, is still focused on getting his place back in the United side.

"I can't play for the national team if I'm not playing for my club,'' he added. "I want to get more chances because I know I can help the team. I'll continue to give my best to earn my place in the team."

Bulgaria scored only three goals in the Euro 2012 qualifiers to finish bottom of their group after Berbatov quit the national team in May last year to focus on his domestic duties.

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