Alexander Buttner’s agent has confirmed that he is looking for a move away from Manchester United this year after failing to make more first team appearances.
The 24-year-old has featured six times this term as David Moyes has chosen Patrice Evra as his trusted left-back more often than that which has forced Buttner to watch on from the bench.
His agent Alexander Bursac has confirmed to NOS that AS Roma and Genoa want to take Buttner to Serie A and claimed that the foundation for Buttner’s frustration comes off the back of a promise made by Sir Alex Ferguson that he feels will no longer be fulfilled.
“He has the ambition to go to the World Cup and it’s clear that he needs to play more than matches,” he said.
“With the former manager Alex Ferguson, Buttner had been made clear commitments to make 15 appearances in the first season and 20 in the second but after the departure of Ferguson, that agreement is worth nothing.
“Genoa and AS Roma want to hire him. United will have been informed and the clubs have also come to me. I hope that the club participates in a loan deal.”
Buttner came on against West Ham yesterday and his first contribution was to sit five yards deeper than the rest of the defence which kept Carlton Cole onside before he ran through to score.
It was a defensive lapse that is typical of the Dutchman’s performances this season where although he has added a dynamic going forward, he simply isn’t reliable enough in defence. He isn’t good enough to be a United player in the long term.
If Buttner was to make a move to Roma, it could potentially open up an opportunity for Moyes to talk about the potential signing of midfielders Kevin Strootman or Miralem Pjanic, just like Ferguson did when he started Eric Cantona negotiations with an off the cuff comment when responding to Leeds’ enquiry about Denis Irwin.