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Buttner: United want to keep me

ESPN staff
September 6, 2013
Alexander Buttner believes he has been brought in from the cold at Manchester United © Getty Images

Alexander Buttner has claimed Manchester United are eager to offer him a new contract and insisted manager David Moyes is keen to keep him at Old Trafford along with Nani, who signed a new deal on Thursday.

Moyes spent the summer trying to sign a new left-back, and saw Everton reject bids for Leighton Baines before failing in a deadline-day attempt to bring Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao in on loan.

Buttner's agent, Alexander Bursac, criticised United after his client's loan move to Besiktas broke down, but the left-back said Moyes had assured him he is part of his plans.

"The club now want to talk about a new deal. That shows a lot of appreciation," Buttner told De Telegraaf. "Last year I have had a good season, and the club have seen that."

Buttner made four league starts after joining United from Vitesse Arnhem for £3.8 million last year. He was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson but believes he will have a part to play under the former manager's successor.

He added: "Last Wednesday, I had a good meeting with our manager David Moyes. He told me that I will play enough this year at Manchester United. He absolutely didn't want to let me go. He sees me as a full United player."

Buttner is yet to be capped by his country, but had hoped a loan move would have enabled him to force his way into Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad. He explained: "It was a pity that fell through. With an eye on the World Cup next year in Brazil, I wanted to play games."

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