Buttner agent blasts 'ridiculous' transfer standoff with Vitesse

The 23-year-old midfielder is desperate to join Southampton 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 hindering his attempts to find a new club.

The midfielder is desperate to leave the GelreDome this summer and has his heart set on a move to Premier League new boys Southampton.

But while a fee has been agreed between the two clubs for some time, the Arnhem side have now barred Buttner from training with the first team.

"This situation is ridiculous," the player's representative fumed in an exclusive interview with Goal.com.

"He has asked three times why this is the case but received no reply. 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 second team, 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 in 2005.