Alexander Buttner has announced his intention to leave Manchester United for Dinamo Moscow as he feels he will never earn the chances he feels he deserves under new manager Louis van Gaal.
The 25-year-old full back joined United from Vitesse Arnhem in 2012 but has failed to make an impression at Old Trafford where he has acted as Patrice Evra's understudy.
After the Frenchman signed a one year contract extension and with the club still relentlessly pursuing Southampton's Luke Shaw as his long term replacement, Buttner has decided to move on, believing the arrival of the manager who has never considered him for the Netherlands national team has sealed his fate.
"Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United," Buttner was quoted as saying by Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
"Apparently, he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave."
Buttner also revealed discussions with Russian Premier League side Dinamo Moscow, who finished fourth to earn a spot in the Europa League last season, are in an advanced stage. "But I am convinced that the club now can challenge for the championship and then move into the Champions League."
Buttner's agent Alexander Bursac also confirmed talks with the Russian side are underway. While also highlighting van Gaal's refusal to consider the Dutchman for the Oranje squad, Bursac confirmed United's continued pursuit of England international Shaw was reason enough to seek a fresh challenge for his client.
"Staying at Manchester United for Alexander was not an option," Bursac told also told Voetbal International.
"In the past two years, Van Gaal has ignored him again and again. What kind of perspective will he have under him as a club coach? Especially now Patrice Evra has re-signed with they are still trying to get Luke Shaw."
Shaw reportedly informed Southampton of his desire to join United on the final day of the 2013/14 season.