Van Buyten denies being pushed out
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Belgian international made a surprise move to City on loan until the end of the season just before the close of the transfer window with David Sommeil going in the opposite direction.
Reports have suggested that Marseille president Christophe Bouchet orchestrated the move for van Buyten as he was unhappy with his form.
"I did not want to leave permanently," van Buyten told French daily L'Est Republicion. "But there was this suggestion of Manchester City to exchange me with Sommeil.
"The president Christophe Bouchet declared that it was in the best interest of everyone. Probably he has his reasons.
"No I don't feel I have been pushed out, besides it is only a loan move. Maybe you will see me soon.
"I like Marseille and the fans at the Velodrome."
Van Buyten also played down suggestions that the dismissal of Alain Perrin at Marseille made up his mind to leave as he revealed he had no problem to work under new coach Jose Anigo.
"Perrin is a trainer that brought a lot to me," added van Buyten. "But I would have been able to continue to work with Jose Anigo.
"Between the two of us there was a good feeling."