Agent of Southampton target Buttner blasts 'ridiculous' transfer standoff with Vitesse

The 23-year-old midfielder is desperate to join the Premier League side but the player's representative has claimed that his Dutch employers have stalled the proposed transfer
By Jesse Wieten

Alexander Buttner's agent has lashed out at Vitesse for allegedly hindering his attempts to find a new club.

The midfielder is desperate to leave the GelreDome following the club's relegation from the Eredivisie and he has his heart set on a move to Premier League new boys Southampton.

However, a fee has yet to be agreed between the two clubs, much to Aleksander Bursac's annoyance.

"This situation is ridiculous," the player's represeentative fumed in an exclusive interview with "They have given no reason as to why he should play in the second division.

"He has asked three times why this is the case but received no reply. It's weird: your best player of last season, someone who is involved with the Oranje, playing in the second division for no reason.

"I understand that they want to exert pressure on him, but they should do it in a different way.

"They are relying on an article in the contract stating that he should be available for the first and the second division, but they have given us no reason.

"If there is an employment issue, it has not been created by Alexander. He has always been an exemplary sportsman.

"He just wants to play football right now and he is ready for the next step in his career."

Buttner, who was included in Netherlands' preliminary squad for Euro 2012, came through the youth team ranks at Vitesse after joining from Ajax four years ago.