Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he had an approach from Sunderland but the move broke down because the Bulgaria forward heard nothing more from the Wearsiders after an initial conversation.

But he’s still hoping to return to football and has continued to train and keep himself fit with a view to returning to the game.

“I want to play and to be honest, I had a conversation with a couple of managers – even the Sunderland one. But in the end, nothing happened,” he said.

Berbatov last played for PAOK but was released in June.

“If I had the chance, I want to play and enjoy it a bit more. When a footballer comes near the end of his career, you start to appreciate a bit more what you had,” he said.