Select a Team

Transfer news: Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaart won't be sold

Last Updated: 13/08/14 12:18pm

  • Share:
Rafael van der Vaart: Staying with Hamburg

Rafael van der Vaart: Staying with Hamburg

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Hamburg chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer has ruled out the sale of Rafael van der Vaart this summer, saying he is "counting" on the former Real Madrid midfielder.

Queens Park Rangers are the latest club to be linked with the 31-year-old, who is still contracted to the northern Germany side until 2015.

They need not come asking for the Dutchman, though, with Beiersdorfer saying he is a key element in his squad.

"I'm glad we have him," he told the Bild newspaper. "Rafa is an exceptional player.

"I'm counting on Rafa. He's making a good impression."

Van der Vaart struggled to impress last season as Hamburg only just avoid relegation via a play-off.

However, Beiersdorfer believes he is ready to reproduce some of his best form for the club once again this season.

"He's worked a lot on himself and he's now 100 per cent fit in his body and his mind," he added.

"In this shape, he's irreplaceable. It would be very hard for us to do without him."

Van der Vaart was last week confirmed as the club's captain.

  • Share:

Related

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Kagawa back home at Dortmund

Kagawa back home at Dortmund

Adam Bate on the excitement that's greeted Shinji Kagawa's return despite a difficult time in England.

De Jong hoping to bounce back

De Jong hoping to bounce back

Luuk de Jong is looking to bounce back from Newcastle United blow at PSV, writes Kristan Heneage.

The 2014/15 breakthrough stars

The 2014/15 breakthrough stars

Watch this space. Here are the U21-year-olds who could become household names in the coming season.