Dutch ace not looking to quit Bundesliga strugglers.
Holland international midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart has handed a blow to former clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax in their hopes of resigning the player as he has claimed that he will be staying put at Hamburg regardless of whether they stay up or go down, Sky Sports reports.
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The 31-year-old is still under contract until 2015 with Hamburg, and has said that he intends to see out the deal before reconsidering his options.
Van Der Vaart returned to the German side for a second spell in 2012, following stints away form the club with Spurs and La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Hamburg are readying themselves for a relegation play-off after badly underperforming, and Van der Vaart is prepared to accept his share of the blame in a forgettable campaign. And he has admitted that he will stay with the club to help rebuild ahead of the new season.
“Even if I have had a disappointing season, I am under contract until June 2015. I will not run away from here,” he said.
“Of course I have received enquiries from other clubs. My club is battling against the drop and others feel that they can pick up good players at bargain prices because of that.
“But I re-joined Hamburg in 2012 with the intention of staying here.”