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Büttner vows to stay and fight for place at Man United

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By James McLean

Monday 06 January 2014

Man United defender Alexander Büttner has responded to speculation surrounding his future, insisting that he wants to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford, according to ManUtd.com.

Alexander Büttner

The Dutch defender, who has featured only a handful of times in the league this season, has been linked with moves home and abroad, and the most persistent link has been with Premier League rivals Tottenham – but the 24-year-old has rubbished talk of him wanting to seek first team opportunities elsewhere.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Büttner said: “If people talk about other players in my position, I don’t care. I just want to play my game and show that I can handle the level. I know there are some clubs that want me but I’m happy here and want to play for United so I focus 100 per cent on here.

“I don’t want to leave. I want to fight for my place. I am still young and I know what I can do. I just have to wait for my chances and take them.”

The former Vitesse star, who joined the Red Devils for around £3.9m in August 2012, has found himself having to adjust to life as Patrice Evra’s understudy, but with the Frenchman being regularly linked with a move back to his homeland, Büttner appears focused on staying and ensuring he is the man to take the helm if and when Evra does move on.

Man United’s shock FA Cup exit dealt a major blow to the club, but Büttner is eager to ensure the Reds do not falter in their Capital One Cup campaign, where they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday evening.

The defender continued of the cup situation: “It’s hard because we lost the game. I think we did some things well but it’s difficult to play with 10 men. I’m disappointed and we have to focus on the next game now.

“It was nice to play and I want to play every game. It was good for my first game for a while. I’m just disappointed we lost because, if we win, then the feeling is different. I’m very disappointed but I think I did well.”

Speaking of what it would mean to turn out in the famous red shirt at Wembley, he continued: “Everything. We want to go there and have a nice game. I think it would be good for the club as well to win in the semi-finals.

“We were unlucky against Swansea but I hope we can win the next game.”

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