Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Buttner set for new contract talks; Mata happy at Chelsea

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner is set to open talks with the club regarding a new deal at Old Trafford.

Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner is set to open talks with the club regarding a new deal at Old Trafford, Sky Sports understands.

Buttner, 24, joined United on a five-year deal from Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem for a reported fee of £4 million last summer.

The former Holland Under-21 international scored two goals in 13 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils last term, but has yet to make an appearance for the English champions under David Moyes.

After a positive meeting with Moyes last week, Buttner is poised to put pen to paper on a new contract at Old Trafford despite his agent Alexander Bursac slamming United after the 24-year-old’s proposed loan moves to Besiktas and Celtic fell through due to United’s failure to land Fabio Coentrao on loan from Real Madrid.

“Last year I had a good season and the club have seen that,” said Buttner.

“The club now want to talk about a new deal. That shows a lot of appreciation.”

When asked about the possibility of joining Turkish Süper Lig giants Besiktas on loan, Buttner answered: “It was a pity that fell through. With an eye on the World Cup next year in Brazil, I wanted to play games.

“Last Wednesday I had a good meeting with our manager David Moyes. He told me that I will play enough this year at Manchester United.

“He absolutely didn’t want to let me go. He sees me as a full United player.”

Buttner could be in contention to start United’s next Premier League fixture at home against Crystal Palace on 14 September.

Mata happy at Chelsea

Chelsea No. 10 Juan Mata has moved to play down speculation regarding his long-term future at Stamford Bridge by insisting he is ‘happy’ in West London.

Mata, 25, was the subject of reported interest from a host of top European clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur, this summer.

Shockingly, the future of the Spain international, 25, was ‘up in the air’ following the summer arrivals of André Schürrle, Marco van Ginkel and Willian.

However, the 25-year-old midfield maestro was not moved before the end of the transfer window, much to the delight of the Blues’ supporters.

“I think it’s normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I’m happy here,” the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year told Chelsea TV.

“It’s been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.

“I’m looking forward to achieving as many trophies as we did the last two seasons and hopefully this is going to be a good season for us again.”

Mata bagged 20 goals and 28 assists in 64 competitive appearances for the Blues last season. Consistent.


Shawn Etemadi



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