Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart will leave the Bundesliga side this summer and a switch to MLS is looking a real possibility as the former Spurs star has revealed he “can imagine” playing in the United States.
Speculation surrounding a move to MLS was fuelled by Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman after he took to Twitter to reveal he was watching the Dutch playmaker in Germany at the end of February.
Heineman went on to update the situation surrounding Van der Vaart and Sporting Kansas City’s interest last week as he stated nothing was agreed at this stage.
When Van der Vaart was asked about a move to America, he was open to the possibility and wants to be playing at a high level for a few more years yet.
“Everything’s open at the moment,” he told Kicker. “But I can imagine playing in America. I want to keep playing at a good level for a few years.”
If Van der Vaart was to join SKC, he would be a great addition to a squad full of talent, boasting the likes of Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Bernardo Anor in midfield, defensive powerhouses Ike Opara and Matt Besler, and English striker Dom Dwyer.
His wealth of experience of playing at the top level with Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and the Dutch National Team will give players the opportunity to learn from the 32-year-old midfielder.
Sporting KC have one Designated Player slot available and would likely use it to bring Van der Vaart to MLS if a deal is agreed in the coming months.
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