The Bulgaria international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United for much of the summer, did not to allude to Sir Alex Ferguson's side by name but with the Red Devils believed to be inching ever closer to agreeing a fee the striker, the implications of his words are clear.
Emil Dantchev, the 27-year-old's agent, said: "We have two more weeks until the end of the transfer window and I think this will be the most important week. I read Alex Ferguson's statement that he wants another striker and I hope that this striker is Dimitar Berbatov."
The player himself, meanwhile, has already started steeping himself in United folklore after he took his demotion to the bench with noticeable frustration.
"If I had been laughing when I was on the bench, people would say I was an idiot," he said.
"Eric Cantona never smiled, but I don't know if anyone ever asked him why he didn't look happier."