Celtic FC are delighted to announce the transfer of Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov on a three year deal.
The New Bhoy: Dimitar Berbatov
The striker is Ronny Deila’s first signing of the summer, and will provide valuable experience up top. The 33 year old has played for clubs such as Tottenham, Manchester United and Monaco during a very successful career.
’I am very pleased to join Celtic. It’s a club on the up, and with great fans. I hope to play here for a while and score lots of important goals for the club and help them be successful in Europe. The manager has lots of good ideas and said he wanted me to be a big part of his side, and that’s was excited me about coming here.
The boss, Ronny Deila, also said he was delighted the Berbatov chose to join Celtic over other clubs.
’I am very happy that Dimitar chose us over lots of other clubs. He was a free agent, and therefore he had plenty of choice, and he chose us. He will be a very important player for us now – this season and beyond. He has plenty of experience and trophies that will really help us out in the long run.
Berbatov started his career with his hometown club - FC Pirin Blagoevgrad – before being scouted as youngster by CSKA Sofia, and he subsequently joined the club. He made his debut in the 1998/99 season for the club, and went on to play 49 league games for the club, and score 26 league goals in three seasons.
He then attracted the attention of Italian side Leece, but the move fell through after Berbatov completed a medical. He then joined German side Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £1.6m, and he stayed six seasons, making 149 league appearances, and scored 69 goals. This form attracted Premier League clubs, and he then joined Tottenham Hotspur for £10.25m in 2006.
During his time in London, he made a total of 69 league appearances and netted 28 times in the Premier League, helping Spurs lift the League Cup in 2008. Manchester United then splashed £31m to transfer him to Old Trafford in 2008, and he went on to become a fan favourite, and he made 108 appearances and scored 48 times. He helped the club win various trophies in a 4 year spell in Manchester, including the Premier League twice and the Club World Championship.
In 2012, he joined fellow Premier League side Fulham in a £5m deal, and went on to play 51 times, and score 19 goals.
In 2014, he was released by the Cottagers, and then signed by Monaco as cover for Falcao. He went on to play 12 league games and score 6 times, before not renewing his contract with the club that summer, and leaving on a free transfer.