Alex Buttner has claimed that Louis Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United has convinced him it’s time to bring his United career to an end and he’ll leave Old Trafford in the summer, with Russian Premier League outfit Dynamo Moscow his most probable destination.
The Dutch left-back was a surprise signing from Vitesse Arnhem two years ago and failed to establish himself at United, playing just 28 times for the first team – even though, bizarrely, he claimed he was named man of the match 14 times over his first two seasons at the club – and with Patrice Evra extending his contract for another 12 months and Southampton’s Luke Shaw firmly on Van Gaal’s radar, Buttner’s time at United is very much up.
“Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “Apparently he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave.”
His agent, Alexander Bursac, insisted his client remaining at Old Trafford was “not an option”.
“In the past two years, Louis van Gaal has ignored Buttner time after time so what kind of perspective does he have when Van Gaal becomes his new club coach?” Bursac told Dutch magazine Voetbal International.
“Patrice Evra signed a new contract and with Luke Shaw they want to buy another player for Buttner’s position. To stay at Manchester United was not an option for Buttner. Dinamo Moscow has great plans for the future and they want to challenge for the title.”