Could this top notch attacking midfielder find his feet in the Premier League?
Reports in the Spanish, Dutch and German press suggest that Real Madrid star Rafael Van der Vaart is growing increasingly unhappy at the Bernabeu after being restricted to a bit-part role at the club following the arrival of Juande Ramos. The player himself spoke to German newspaper Bild after being left out of a recent squad despite being fit, “This is a mess.”
“Apparently the gaffer doesn’t rely on me.”
The speculation has led to a number of Premier League clubs becoming aware of the disgruntled Dutchman’s situation. Chelsea have been strongly linked with coach Guus Hiddink thought to be a big fan of the player whilst the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, Villa and Tottenham would surely be in the market for the midfielder if he is made available this summer. (footballpools.com)
So could Van der Vaart find a good home in the Premier League? He was awesome in the Euro 2008 finals and has really suffered at the Bernabeu since Ramos took charge. It’s hard to believe the La Liga side could simply have no further use for the 26 year old playmaker, after all he arrived amid a fanfare and was hailed as one of the brightest talents in Europe, so what now? Do Arsenal fans think he could fit into the Emirates set up or are there already too many players of his kind in the squad?