Who Are Ya? Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)
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Name: Alexander Buttner
Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem
Fee: £3.9 million
Did you know?
His dad, Christian, was also a footballer, who played for De Graafschap, FC Twente, Vitesse and NEC. But his party animal reputation sometimes got in the way of his career. So much so that whenever Guus Hiddink sees Alexander, he smiles and says: “Don’t go the same path as your dad!”
What’s the deal?
Fergie was in the market for backup and a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra. He’s settled on the Dutchman, who’s signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford.
He’s been at Vitesse Arnhem for all of his career to date, becoming a regular in the side in 2008. He was named in the preliminary Netherlands squad for Euro 2012, but didn’t make the final cut.
What do they say?
“If a week ago, you had told me that together with Robin van Persie I would be playing at Manchester United, I would have driven you straight to the mad house.”
“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.”
Sir Alex Ferguson.