Manchester United defender Alex Buttner has revealed how homesickness nearly forced him to quit the club last season.
The Dutch defender who joined the Red Devils in a £4million switch last summer from Vitesse Arnhem, featured 13 times last season and scored on his debut against Wigan and on the final day of the season in the 5-5 draw with West Brom.
But the 24-year-old struggled to adapt to life in Manchester and having been brought up on a travellers’ camp in Holland, claimed how without his family he wouldn’t have been able to cope in England.
Buttner told The Sun: ‘I now know about homesickness. I’d think about my family and friends at home many times.
‘How they were, what they were doing, little things like that. 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 any time. I needed 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.’