Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart could be on the verge of departing White Hart Lane, with Bundesliga giants Schalke readying a bit for the Dutch international.
It has been cited that van der Vaart could move to Germany to appease his wife, Sylvie, but also to rejuvenate his footballing career which has somewhat stagnated in the last few of months at Spurs. Harry Redknapp often decides to substitute the Dutch international and it has raised concerns over his fitness levels, whilst he has also failed to replicate the form he showed at White Hart Lane in the 2010/11 season.
If you cast your mind back to Transfer Deadline Day, 2010, Redknapp pulled off one his trademark swoops late into the day by signing the world renowned playmaker from Real Madrid in a deal worth around £8m and it paid dividends almost immediately, as van der Vaart scored an average of about 1 goal every other game. Compare that to the 2011 season and van der Vaart’s record has detriorated – not by much, this time 1 in 3, but it does show a slight loss in form for him.
As Spurs chase players such as Loic Remy and Leandro Damiao, van der Vaart’s role in the team could be diminished – Schalke on the other hand are believed to have promised him a starring role in the team as Jurado heads back to Atletico Madrid. Van der Vaart’s former Real Madrid teammate and compatriot Klaas Jan-Huntelaar is also at Schalke, which could sway him into a move to Gelsenkirchen.
Van der Vaart, formerly of Ajax and Real Madrid, is no stranger to German football having spent 3 years with Hamburg, and his wife Sylvie works for a German television station situated in close proximity to Schalke’s stadium. As it stands, Sylvie spends half the week away from London because she has to travel there.
When you add all these factors together, you start to think that this move makes a lot of sense. Spurs are looking to strengthen their attacking prowess and van der Vaart’s assumably high wages could help them land their targets, whilst personal reasons are of course a big factor of any move for van der Vaart and his wife.
Schalke aren’t short of money right now and could certainly tempt van der Vaart back to Germany with a tantalising offer.
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