Manchester United defender Alex Buttner has admitted that he was close to walking away from the club after battling with homesickness in his first season in England.
The left-back signed from Vittesse Arnhem last summer and has widely impressed in his first season in English football.
Buttner has faced stiff competition for places in his favoured position, with Patrice Evra often being preffered by the United management.
But despite this, Buttner impressed in the cup competitions, making 13 appearances, scoring two goals.
But the 24-year-old, who used to live as a gypsy in his native Holland has struggled to adapt to the stardom forced upon him after joining England's most famous club.
Speaking to The Sun, Buttner said: "I now know about homesickness. I'd think about my family and friends at home many times. How they are, what they were doing, little things like that."
Buttner said that he has had support from his girlfriend and brother, which ultimately persuaded him to stay with the English champions.
"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 every time.
“I need 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," added Buttner.
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