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United seal deal for Buttner

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Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:44:00

The Dutch defender completed his medical on Tuesday and agreed a five-year contract at Old Trafford until 2017.

His new manager Sir Alex Ferguson promptly declared that the 23-year-old is one of the best in the business.

Ferguson told the club's official website: "Alexander is one of the best young left-backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him.

"He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position."

Buttner was part of Holland's preliminary squad for this year's European Championship and has made 119 appearances for Eredivisie side Vitesse over the past four years.

He becomes the second Dutch player in a week to make the switch to Manchester United, following in the footsteps of striker Robin van Persie, move moved from Arsenal in time to feature in last night's season-opening 1-0 defeat at Everton.

"Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life," Buttner said.

"It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my team-mates and play my part in helping the club be successful."

The Dutchman completed his medical in Manchester yesterday and is understood to have moved on a deal worth ?3.9 million.

Buttner, a product of the youth system at Vitesse, was linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Southampton earlier in the summer, but that deal fell through, paving the way for the switch to United.

Buttner will provide much-needed cover for first-choice left-back Patrice Evra.

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