Former Manchester United man, Dimitar Berbatov is having an injury start at Kerala Blasters in his first Indian Super League season.
The Bulgarian went the first three games without a goal, and picked up an injury in their fourth match against FC Goa.
The striker said, “I feel great at the moment. Everybody is very polite. People around the club, the players obviously. I have no problems adapting. The only problem is that I am injured. That is going to be okay as well,” said Berbatov, without revealing an exact date for his return to action.
“You should probably as the doctor [the date of return] because he doesn’t want to give information away. The sooner, the better but we don’t want to risk anything. We put the deadline on [December] 31st but it’s not worth risking if I don’t feel well.”
Despite playing most of his career as a centre-forward, the former Manchester United man doesn’t consider his new deeper midfield role as unchartered territory.
“It is not difficult as long as you understand football the way I do. When you start to get older, you see it from a different angle. Even in training session at [Manchester] United and Spurs, sometimes I play midfield. Obviously, I like to play a lot with the ball. It is a moment in my career when I have to drop back a little bit,” conceded Berbatov.
“I prefer a bit deeper role to control, to make more touches on the ball. Doesn’t mean that if I have a chance I am not going to try and score. That is my nature. As the season progresses, the only thing I want is to recover and stay healthy. As long as you are healthy, everything will be fine.”
Dimitar Berbatov indicated this shift in responsibility as a chance for other young players to come to the spotlight, “I prefer to play as midfielder starting the attack. I always like to see young people coming, to see them work and grow. They can get the spotlight. I want to teach the young people the way I see football. The way I eat, the way I am in training. The small details are important if you want to be a good player.”
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