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Buttner to leave Man Utd for Russia

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By Stephen Donovan

Thursday 19 June 2014

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has decided to leave the club in favour of a move to Russian club Dinamo Moscow, Sky Sports has reported.

Alexander Buttner

The 25-year-old believes that he will struggle to gain first-team football at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal having been announced as the club’s new manager. Van Gaal has consistently overlooked Buttner when picking his Dutch national team squads.

Buttner has found regular football hard to come by since joining Man Utd in the summer of 2012 from Vitesse Arnhem. He has made just 28 appearances, mainly in the cup competitions, with Patrice Evra being preferred in the right-back slot.

And Buttner is keen to avoid another year spent on the sidelines. He said: “Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United. Apparently, he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave.”

He now moves on to Dinamo Moscow, who will be in the Europa League next season after finishing fourth in Russia last season. Confirming the deal, Buttner added: “I am convinced that the club can now challenge for the championship and then move into the Champions League.”

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