Homesick Buttner nearly quit

Dutch defender Alex Buttner admits he nearly walked away from Manchester United because he was suffering from homesickness.

Last Updated: 16/06/13 at 12:07 Post Comment

Alex Buttner: The Dutch defender nearly quit Manchester United

Alex Buttner: The Dutch defender nearly quit Manchester United

The left-back signed for the Old Trafford giants in a £4million deal from Vitesse Arnhem last summer.

But the 24-year-old, who was brought up on a travellers' camp in Holland, struggled to settle into life in Cheshire.

Buttner told The Sun: "I now know about homesickness. I'd think about my family and friends at home many times.

"How they were, what they were doing, little things like that.

"But I did not give up and I have my girlfriend Laura and brother Denny to thank for that.

"They were always there for me in England. I could call on them any time. I needed their warmth.

"I'm a fighter. But had I been on my own, I'd have got on a plane back to Holland a long time ago."

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