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Buttner family to 'caravan-it' to Man Utd en masse

Alexander Buttner is set to spark mass immigration from Holland.

Manchester United's ­£4million left-back is from a family of travellers, says the Sunday Mirror.

He and his family moved from their caravans on to a ­council estate in Doetinchem, near the German ­border, in the 1990s.

They remain a tight-knit community and the ­Buttner clan have celebrated Alex's move to United in some style.

"We want to hire at least three, possibly four, big coaches'', said Manus, a close friend of the Dutch ­defender. "He is the idol of all of us on the camp. As soon as he has a place in the team, we will be there in ­Manchester."

Alex's father Christiaan was a pro footballer at De Graafschap and Vitesse Arnhem, and he was even offered a contract at top Dutch club Feyenoord, but he became ­homesick and wanted to return to the camp.

But Buttner Snr said: "Alex is different. He has been away from home a few times and Manchester United ­really look after him.

"We were told that Sir Alex ­Ferguson has been crazy about my boy for years.

"Well, that says it all, doesn't it?"

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