Dimitar Berbatov claims he is responsible for Ledley King becoming Jose Mourinho’s new assistant


Dimitar Berbatov has joked to football.london that he is responsible for Ledley King’s new role as Jose Mourinho’s first team assistant at Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Spurs captain has been working behind the scenes with the team since the beginning of this year and was officially confirmed in a new role on Mourinho‘s coaching staff last month.

Berbatov and King played together for two seasons, winning the League Cup in 2008 with the former scoring in the final and the latter holding the trophy aloft.

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Now the 39-year-old Bulgarian has taken some of the responsibility for King’s new role at Spurs.

“It did not surprise me because, and not many people know this, but when I watching Spurs from time to time, going to watch at games at the stadium last year, I was always sitting with him,” the Betfair Ambassador told football.london.

“I was always like ‘Ledley what are you doing man?’. He said that he was going different things and was always around the team.

“I said ‘why are you not in there coaching? Go and be there like this’.

“Now all of a sudden I see him being the first team assistant and I’m like ‘well he did take my advice’. So I’m going to text him and tell him that.”

He added: “I’m happy to see it because he’s a living legend. I always said that in my opinion he was on the same level as Rio Ferdinand, his reading the game and intercepting, tackles, everything.

“He was just unfortunate with his injuries. Still though just one training session and in the game he was a machine. Just imagine what he would have been like without the injuries. It was so unfortunate.”

Berbatov explained that King was not a shouting and ranting captain and rather was a leader with his actions.

“No he was a follow my example kind of guy, which I like a lot. Myself I’m like this, at United Giggs was the same and Scholes. They were showing an example of how to be,” he said.

“Most of the time you’d get some players who were shouting but that’s because of insecurity, shouting to pretend to be someone you’re not. Ledley was just calm and he would go out there and do what he did.”

Now we’ve seen King take up coaching at the age of 39, could we see Berbatov at the same age take on such a role.

“I have my A licence. I will go for the pro licence as well. I will have my diploma,”he explained.

“If the moment is right I will try to pursue that job. I’ll be looking for someone to give me a chance in England because I love England from playing there. Hopefully that will happen. We’ll see.”

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Berbatov returned to north London for the White Hart Lane finale and then scored at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the test event legends match against Inter Milan.

Will he return again one day as the manager of Spurs?

“I follow all my ex-clubs, I always went to check, before the virus, how they train and how they play,” he said.

“One day who knows. I started in Bulgaria and then I went to England. Now it’s the same, just a different dream.”

For more from Betfair Ambassador, Dimitar Berbatov, head to www.betfair.com/berbatov





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