United seal deal for Buttner
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
“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,”
“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
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
Buttner will provide much-needed cover for first-choice
left-back Patrice Evra.