Former Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner has taken one last parting shot at the Red Devils after completing a summer switch to Dynamo Moscow, insisting that he had to move on in search of Champions League football and trophy ambitions that the Red Devils simply couldn't match.
Buttner was confirmed as a Dynamo player by the Moscow club's press office earlier today, subject to the completion of some minor technical formalities.
The 25-year-old played just eight times in the Premier League last season and proved thoroughly unconvincing in his attempt to prove he could be Patrice Evra's long-term successor at left-back, but try telling that to the Dutchman.
After joining his new team-mates in training for the first time today Butter opened up on his reasons for making a swift United exit, declaring: I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies.
“Dynamo are building a very strong team and I am sure that we will be good enough to try and win the league title this season.
“This is my first time in Moscow and I will need time to adjust with my family. They flew out with me, so it would be easier to adapt. The training ground also has fantastic facilities. I am happy that I joined Dynamo.”
BEST FOR BOTH PARTIES
You can sense a lingering tone of resentment in Buttner's exit message, after playing just 28 times across two seasons at Old Trafford and largely deemed to be a peripheral figure by both Sir Alex Ferguson and his successor David Moyes, despite frankly outrageous claims of 14 man-of-the-match awards during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.
United attempted to find a cut-price signing capable of filling in for Evra with authority when the signed Butter from Vitesse Arnhem, but the move has not worked out for either side and if anything has only served to strengthen the view that a top quality replacement will cost huge money.
ONE OUT, ONE IN
Despite the World Cup being very much the focus of attention for the next fortnight United fans have a steady stream of news to digest from the last 24 hours, which includes Buttner leaving and a slightly surprising €36m move for young Spanish playmaker Ander Herrera.
That expensive switch would help United address a worrying lack of dynamism and energy in central midfield last season, but with Buttner now definitely a former Red Devil their next concern must surely be securing a left-back with the potential to eventually succeed Evra.
SHAW OR BUST
That man looks all set to be Southampton starlet Luke Shaw, but he won't come cheap that's for sure.
Southampton have shown stubborn resistance and played hardball over a deal for the 18-year-old, which has now been valued in some quarters at an eye-watering £34m.
United look committed to the deal though and are desperate to make England's new left-back a Red Devil, but regardless of whether that deal does go through there won't be many tears shed over Buttner's latest comments.
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