Manchester United defender not looking to leave

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Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner has moved to reaffirm his commitment to the Premier League champions amid speculation he could leave the club before the close of the January transfer window.

The Dutchman has been frequently linked with a departure from Old Trafford, with Galatasaray and Tottenham both credited with interest, but Buttner insists he harbours no desire to leave the club.

"If people talk about other players in my position, I don’t care," Buttner told the official Manchester United website.

"I just want to play my game and show that I can handle the level. I know there are some clubs that want me but I’m happy here and want to play for United so I focus 100 per cent on here.

"I don’t want to leave. I want to fight for my place. I am still young and I know what I can do. I just have to wait for my chances and take them."

Despite his willingness to stay with Manchester United, Buttner's long-term prospects at the club do appear to be slim. The 24-year-old remains very much the deputy to Patrice Evra and, given that Leighton Baines remains a target, Buttner's chances may become even more limited.

He has made only two appearances in the Premier League so far this season and has seen his future called into question ever since David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as the club's manager in July.

Buttner was signed from Vitesse in the summer transfer window of 2012.

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