After making just 13 Premier League appearances in 2 seasons, Dutch full-back Alex Buttner has left Manchester United to join Russian side Dinamo Moscow.
Buttner feels he was somewhat forced out of Old Trafford, with incoming boss Louis van Gaal showing no sign that he’ll have faith in him; indeed, he hasn’t once called him up to the Oranje.
Buttner told De Telegraaf last week: “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.”
So with that, Buttner’s pulled off an impressively swift move to Dinamo Moscow, which has almost gone unnoticed with everyone’s attention transfixed on the World Cup.
And he left a little parting shot at the Red Devils, who won’t be playing European football next season
I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies,” Buttner told the Dinamo Moscow’s official website.
Dinamo are building a very strong team and I am sure that we will be good enough to try and win the league title next season.
“This is my first time in Moscow and I will need time to adjust with my family. They flew out with me, so it would be easier to adapt.
“The training ground also have fantastic facilities. I am happy that I joined Dinamo.”
Buttner’s ‘Champions League and trophies’ quote can be heard on the video below, though not very clearly through the Russian voice-over,