I came close to quitting! Buttner reveals homesickness nearly forced United exit…

I came close to quitting! Buttner reveals homesickness nearly forced United exit…

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.’