PARIS (AP) — Dimitar Berbatov joined Monaco from Fulham on Friday in the latest chapter of the mercurial forward's career on an otherwise quiet final day of the transfer window in France.
Monaco is challenging fellow big-spender Paris Saint-Germain for the French title and needed to sign a striker to compensate for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao's long-term injury. Falcao is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee on Jan. 22.
"I'm happy, excited, and a little bit nervous to be honest," the 33-year-old Berbatov said. "I'm looking forward to training with my new teammates and to open a new chapter in my career."
Berbatov shone in spells for Manchester United, Tottenham and Fulham, scoring 94 league goals in 229 league games. Prior to that, he netted 69 goals in 154 league games for German side Bayer Leverkusen. He also scored 48 goals in 77 matches for Bulgaria before retiring from the national team.
"Dimitar will bring us all his experience and talent. Of course, his arrival is connected to Falcao's injury," Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev said. "He's played in big clubs such as Manchester United and he's a great striker. We still have two competitions to play in and he will be an asset."
Monaco also reinforced its defense by signing center half Aymen Abdennour on loan from Toulouse until the end of the season, with an option to buy the Tunisia international.
Meanwhile, having spent the offseason trying to sell key players in order to raise funds, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas spent the last hours of the January transfer window turning down bids.