Tottenham’s Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart was relatively quiet when the rumours linking him with a move to Schalke 04 first emerged. Admittedly, he was preparing for Holland’s ill-fated Euro 2012 campaign at the time and would therefore have had other things on his mind.
Maybe his old club Hamburg were alerted to his possible availability but this time Rafa has been quicker to give his reaction, even if it ultimately tells us nothing.
“I am happy and I am surprised myself how much I still love Hamburg, currently however there is no contact,” he is quoted in Bild.
The link has also gathered momentum due to reports that German Businessman and Hamburg fan Michael Kuhne is ready to invest funds into the side. Meanwhile, the club’s Sporting Director – a certain Frank Arnesen – did mention VDV by name as the type of player that the German team would be interested in.
The Schalke link hasn’t disappeared either and while this may all be speculation, it seems certain that there will be plenty more of it over the course of the summer.