Meulensteen was forced to shoot down Arsenal transfer speculation.
He said: "There's no conspiracy about him not playing. It's just a case of looking after one of the club's biggest assets.
"He's had an injury and we wanted to give him a rest. Playing him wouldn't have been clever. But it doesn't mean he's leaving.
"Everybody is assuming Berbatov is leaving. I have heard what you hear. But it's dangerous to start assuming things.
"As far as I know, Berbatov is happy here, he is content here, he is playing well and he is an important player for us."
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