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Van der Vaart chooses Real
04 Aug 2008 - 14:12:49
Rafael van der Vaart has ended speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea by agreeing to join Real Madrid.
However, the Dutchman's move from Hamburg to the Spanish giants could pave the way for Robinho to finally seal his switch to Stamford Bridge.
Van der Vaart said: "As everybody knows I have always wanted to move to Spain because I have a strong bond with that country. Now I'm going to play for Real Madrid, it's a dream come true.
"On Monday afternoon I will be presented at Real Madrid. This will be the start of a new chapter in my life. I will do everything to help the team and the club to win trophies."
Van der Vaart's arrival at Real coincides with an injury to his international team-mate Wesley Sneijder who suffered a serious knee problem in the Emirates Cup defeat to Arsenal which could keep him sidelined for up to six months.
Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann confirmed on the Bundesliga club's official website: "HSV and Rafael have enjoyed three successful years together.
"Rafael was the captain of the team and provided some special football moments with his excellent performances. We wish him a lot of success with his new challenge."