Former Spurs fan-favourite talks up possible MLS switch

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.

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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.

Will Rafael van der Vaart make the move to MLS? Would he be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?


Sporting Kansas City in talks to sign Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart could be on his way to Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City are in talks to sign the Dutch international playmaker, according to German media outlet Bild.

The 32-year-old midfield ace is currently with German side Hamburger SV but his contract is set to expire in the summer, with Van der Vaart unlikely to sign an extension.

That has led to a number of clubs turning their attentions to the Dutchman and Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman tweeted that he was set to watch the former Spurs and Real Madrid star on Saturday.

Van der Vaart only saw 11 minutes of action at the weekend as he started his second consecutive game on the bench for the Bundesliga club that are just fourth from the bottom.

Hamburg are in the middle of a relegation fight but the fact that ‘VDV’ is sitting on the bench suggests his time with the club is all but over.

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He has made 16 league appearances this season, scoring four goals, but has only played a full 90 minutes on three occasions and his fitness as well as age will be a concern for any suitors.

A move to MLS would give Van der Vaart the chance for a new challenge and any deal would surely see him signed as a Designated Player, especially with Ajax and clubs from Italy and Spain also interested.

The report in Bild suggests that Van der Vaart could be signed before the MLS transfer window closes on April 15, but he would have to be released from his contract early for that to happen.

Even if the 109-times capped Dutch star moves to Sporting Kansas City in the summer, he could provide a key midseason spark and would bring an abundance of creativity to the two-time MLS Cup champions’ attack.

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