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Manchester United star not worried by Baines talk

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Speculation about Manchester United's interest in Everton defender Leighton Baines is of no concern to Alex Buttner as he bids to begin his Old Trafford career in earnest when the new season gets underway.

Buttner was a surprise acquisition from Vitesse in the summer transfer window of last year and made only 13 appearances for the Premier League champions during his maiden campaign in Manchester.

The 24-year-old Dutchman was signed as deputy for first-choice left-back Patrice Evra and, if reports are to be believed, may find his path into the Manchester United senior side blocked further.

David Moyes is reported to be keen to sign former charge Baines to play on the left side of the Manchester United defence for the long-term, but Buttner claims not be worried by the pursuit of the England international.

"The speculation doesn't bother me," he told reporters when asked specifically about Baines.

"I hear the name Baines but for me I don't care.

"I want to play my own game. If he comes I don't think my future will be in danger.

"I just want to be strong and let the trainer see what I have got. I don't think about other players, just myself."

Buttner believes he is capable of displacing Evra following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the season, and says his performances last term - as rare as they were - put the Frenchman under pressure.

"Manchester United need two good left-backs," he added. "I put pressure on Patrice (Evra) because I did well when I played.

"But Patrice did well also. That is the way it works at United, you put pressure on each other."

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