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Van der Vaart not ready to leave big stage just yet

Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has suggested he is not yet ready to join a low-profile competition despite interest from MLS and Qatar.

The 32-year-old is considering his options seeing that he is set to leave HSV when his contract comes to an end in the summer, and he has been linked with former club Ajax as well as Sporting Kansas City in the past few weeks.

However, van der Vaart seems to believe he can revive his international career and, therefore, wants to continue playing at the highest level.

“There is a time to come and go,” the midfielder told FOX Sports. “The last two years have been very tough with fighting against relegation. I’m ready for another challenge. I feel good and can still participate at the highest level. I’m still a football player.

”Ideally I want to go to a top league. If that does not come, I’m looking at other things. I want to play a few years abroad.”

Rafael van der Vaart enjoyed a bright start to his second spell at Hamburg, scoring a total of 16 goals in three years at Imtech Arena, but he has struggled for playing time in the second part of the current season.

Meanwhile, the Red Shorts hold a one-point advantage over bottom-placed Stuttgart with just four games to go and can be backed at 2/3 to finally get relegated.

Tue 28 Apr, 2015
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