Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Life Gets Tougher for Ramos as He Re-Enters the UEFA Arena

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Life Gets Tougher for Ramos as He Re-Enters the UEFA Arena

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Byline: Simon Johnson

JUANDE RAMOS has been in charge at Tottenham for less than two weeks,but the saga over unsettled striker Dimitar Berbatov will have already made himrealise the extent of the test to turn the club's fortunes around.

The Bulgarian international may have made a passionate plea in his defence overreports that he wants to leave the club, but it remains in stark contrast towhat the people closest to him are saying.

Berbatov's statement was in reaction to quotes from his father yesterday whichsaid he wanted to leave White Hart Lane and didn't take into account thismorning's new revelations from his brother Asen.

He said: "He has outgrown Spurs. He needs to find a bigger club. I think thisnext season he will go to a bigger club.

Next season he will be in a club playing in the Champions League.

"In my opinion, Tottenham are OK. In Manchester [United], though, things willbe better. I think it is his time to go.

There is nothing more to do at Spurs.

My brother is feeling depressed." Even though Berbatov himself has denied hewants to quit the club, despite his agent meeting sporting director DamienComolli for crisis talks on Monday, he admits he is not happy.

He added: "I don't always smile so much, but that does not make me a badperson. I don't smile because we are near the bottom of the table and have notbeen playing well I have not been playing well either.

"I don't want to see my name in the papers any moreI just want to play football and enjoy myself. When I see things in the paperwith somebody telling lies about my father, how can I be calm? Bringing myfamily into it is the biggest sin." All this is in stark contrast to what Ramoswas used to at Sevilla where he was so successful over the last two years. Theonly time he really faced such a problem was this summer when Chelsea weretrying to sign Sevilla right-back Daniel Alves, but during his two successfulUEFA Cup campaigns he was in charge of a team that were united. …

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