Alexander Buttner has admitted there were clubs from the Premier League and Europe who wanted to sign him in the January transfer window but said Manchester United were clear they wanted him to stay at the club.
The 25-year-old has had to settle for a periphery role at Manchester United this year but deservedly earned plaudits after a fantastic performance against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford that made plenty of fans eat their words about him, myself included.
Buttner had always been someone many thought would be replaced in the summer as well as Patrice Evra but speaking to Voetbal International, Buttner said he felt completely at home with United and had no intention of leaving so long as the club still wanted him.
“In the winter there was a lot of interest, including from Turkey and Italy, but also from other clubs in the Premier League,” Buttner told Voetbal International according to Sport Witness.
“Of course I have thought it through. Should I stay here any longer and wait for my chance, or maybe go for a transfer? The club was always clear, they wouldn’t let me go, and in these moments you have to remember what you have.
“I play at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I feel completely at home, I often have a lot of family with me, and won’t give up. That approach is now being rewarded, that’s nice. My agent has an interview this week at the club. On my development and future.”
Buttner sounds very confident that United want to keep him at the club and if his improvement against Bayern Munich was a glimpse of what is to come, then it would be a smart decision.
Seeing as Manchester United need to buy at least two central midfielders, one winger and two full-backs already, would it be too much to try and replace Buttner too?
It remains to be seen but if Buttner does stay at the club, he’ll have to improve all-round to show he does have the calibre to be a United player regularly.