Pav: Berbatov an arrogant snob

Tottenham Hotspur's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has launched a stinging attack on ex-Spurs front-man Dimitar Berbatov ahead of Sunday's Carling Cup final at Wembley.

Harry Redknapp's side face Manchester United - and their £30 million summer recruit Berbatov - in the season's first domestic cup final, with Spurs attempting to retain the trophy they won a year ago, beating Chelsea 2-1 after extra time.

While Sir Alex Ferguson's outfit are still hunting an historic quintuple, hoping to add the League Cup to the Club World Cup won in Japan in December, with the Premier League leaders also still active in the FA Cup and Champions League.

But Pavlyuchenko, signed to replace the Bulgarian hit-man in the summer, believes that while Robbie Keane returned to open arms at White Hart Lane after six frustrating months at Liverpool, the same hospitable welcome would never be offered to Berbatov.

"Robbie Keane returned to Spurs as if he never left the club," Pavlyuchenko told Gazeta Daily .

"It's evident that he's a man of authority inside the team which is good for us. He was always liked as far as I can judge.

"If Berbatov returned it would be taken quite differently. I heard tales that he was an arrogant snob who after a training session would just throw his dirty boots to the man who takes care of our footwear saying: 'Clean them for me!'

"No one likes such people."

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