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Berbatov staying in France with one-year deal at Monaco

May 17, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT

France Soccer League One AP

Dimitar Berbatov‘s impressive strike rate at Monaco has turned into a new contract for the 33-year-old Bulgarian.

Scoring nine goals in 14 matches earned Berbatov a one-year stay with the French club, which finished runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

Berbatov transferred to France after tumultuous yet successful stints at Fulham, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayer Leverkusen. He’s scored 265 times in his club career.

From the BBC:

The 33-year-old Bulgarian joined the principality club on loan from the Cottagers in January, although it was later reported that his contract with Fulham had been terminated. 

“I feel at home here. Next season is going to be interesting,” he said.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: “He is a great player and we are very proud to have him next season.”

So while his former club’s been relegated to the Championship, Berbatov will remain with his rich French club. No word on whether he’ll plans on rolling onto the field “in an overcoat, smoking a cigar.

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