Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Buttner to join Dynamo Moscow; Origi reveals EPL dream

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has agreed to join Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow.

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner has agreed to join Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow, according to the club’s official website, fcdynamo.ru.

Since arriving at Old Trafford from Vitesse on a five-year deal in August 2012, the former Holland youth international has scored two goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.

Buttner was destined for another bench-ridden campaign in 2014/15 following Patrice Evra putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract earlier this summer.

As a result, the former Holland youth international, 25, has decided to take his talents to the Russian capital, and understandably so.

“I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies,” Buttner said.

 “Dynamo have a very strong team and I believe we can fight for first place this season.”

In 2013/14, Buttner posted an average match rating of 6.92 in his seven starts at left-back, per WhoScored.com.

Origi reveals EPL dream

Lille OSC forward Divock Origi has talked up a potential summer move to the English Premier League, admitting he has dreamed of playing in England’s top-flight since he was a boy.

Belgium’s World Cup hero, 19, has impressed many during his two substitute appearances for Marc Wilmots’ side and could start the final Group H match against South Korea, with Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku having turned in two unconvincing performances — to say the least — as the lead striker.

Several European clubs are reportedly keeping tabs on Origi, including Premier League trio Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur but the 19-year-old is strictly focused on the World Cup.

“As a little boy I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League but I’m still young and now I’m in an important tournament so I’m try to focus on the team,” Origi said.

“Then my entourage will see with Lille what I’ll do.”

Origi bagged five goals in 30 French Ligue 1 appearances for Lille last season and beat out Standard Liege’s Michy Batshuayi for a place in Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Fresh reports are suggesting Batshuayi, 20, is prepared to reject a potential move to North London — amid reported interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham — in favour of joining French giants Olympique de Marseille.

On Sunday, Batshuayi tweeted, “Chers twittos, j’aurai bientôt une grande nouvelle a vous annoncer. Merci pour votre soutien.” Translation: “Dear tweeters, I will soon announce a new high. Thank you for your support.”

Expect an official statement introducing the Belgium Under-21 international as a Marseille player within the week.



Shawn Etemadi



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