Van Buyten unlikely to join City
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Marseille defender joined Kevin Keegan's men on loan during the transfer window but both his manager and the player himself appear to be ruling out a permanent switch to The City of Manchester Stadium.
"I have discovered another type of football," declared the Belgian centre back.
"It is more direct than the game in France.
"I left l'OM because the club had financial problems and it could carry out a good deal.
"But, listen, I am only loaned in England. The Marseille president has already telephoned me to say he hoped to re-examine me in three months.
"Moreover, if the club had wanted to definitively transfer me to Manchester City, I would not have accepted.
"Currently, I am simply enjoying an enriching experiment."
Keegan has also confessed that van Buyten is likely to be performing on a bigger stage next term.
"He is a terrific player and I don't think we will keep him at the end of the season," he told The Manchester Evening News. "I feel he will go to a big club at the end of the season.
"The deal we have is not tight and other teams are sure to nip in.
"Anyone who has watched him can't fail to have been impressed."