Van der Vaart denies Hamburg link
Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has poured cold water on reports linking him with former club Hamburg, saying he plans to stay in North London next season.
The Netherlands international, 29, joined Spurs from Real Madrid in 2010 and has scored 24 goals in 61 Premier League matches, a fantastic return for a midfielder.
But there are doubts as to whether he would fit new boss Andre Villas-Boas’s preferred dynamic 4-3-3 formation, and reports have consistently linked him with a move back to Hamburg, for whom he turned in a similar goals-to-games ratio before joining Real.
The man himself, however, denied those rumours.
"It's kind of incredible how my name has been mentioned across Europe in the last few days," Van der Vaart told German tabloid BILD. "But I just want to say that this is just gossip talking.
"I am about to play for Tottenham Hotspur in the new season. I have had two good campaigns in England and I am enjoying it.
"It's amazing the people of Hamburg and Hamburger SV still hold me in such kind regard. I enjoy this, it gives me a big boost."
And his comments appear to have been backed up by Hamburg general manager Frank Arnesen, who said that a move for Van der Vaart would be unfeasible financially.
"Rafael van der Vaart would be an ideal signing. Every manager would be glad to be able to rely on him,” he said.
"But a transfer of Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg is impossible. We would require massive subsidies for that."