Arsenal are the latest club to join the hunt for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart according to the News of the World. The 26 year old Dutchman only joined the club back in the summer of 2008 but fell out of favour this summer with the big money signing of Kaka leading to him losing his first team spot. Van der Vaart is reportedly now eager to leave the club to boost his chances of getting into Holland’s World Cup squad and Real are more than eager to listen to offers.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is finally ready to get over his stubbornness and spend big following regular injuries to midfielders Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott and with striker Robin van Persie a long time absentee. A striker is top of Wenger’s wishlist but the attack minded midfielder Van der Vaart would offer a good threat from the middle and could link up well with Andrei Arshavin and Cesc Fabregas.
Van der Vaart started his career in his native Holland with Ajax where he became known as one of the most promising midfielders in the world. In 2005 he made a shock move to Hamburg where he overcame criticism for being overweight to eventually become a crucial part of the team. A 2008 move to Real followed but, after an impressive start, the Dutchman became a victim of the club’s transfer policy. He is quoted in the News of the World as saying
“For the moment nobody has told me I am leaving. I am now back on the bench but I will again have a chance to show my quality.”
Whether that quality is to be seen at Real or elsewhere is yet to be seen though.
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