Buttner, the 23-year-old left-back who arrived at Old Trafford in a £4million deal from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer, is now a neighbour of Rio Ferdinand in the beautiful Cheshire village of Alderley Edge after being told by United to ditch plans to live in Manchester city centre.
Yet he still pines for the simple life of the travellers’ camp of Kleintjeskamp on the outskirts of Arnhem.
“Kleintjeskamp will always be my home,” Buttner told the Sunday Mirror. “Wherever you put me in the world, I always want to go back there.
“I was raised in the camp. Everyone wants the best for each other there. We walk into each other’s place without any problem and, when it is needed, we also fight for each other.
“I have just bought a piece of land at Kleintjeskamp. I am planning to build a house, so I can be with my people again in the future.
“Just give me an ordinary place to live and I am happy. Somewhere that I don’t have to walk for 10 minutes before I see another soul.
“I need to feel the vibe and a bit of atmosphere. I am that kind of person. If I am on my own for more than one hour, then I go crazy.
“I get myself in such a state that I am quite capable of jumping on a plane and flying straight back home to the camp where my family live.”