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Van der Vaart rules out Prem switch
Published : 26 Jul 2010 19:14:00
Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart insists reports linking him with a move to England are wide of the mark. The Madrid playmaker was believed to be mulling over the prospect of a switch to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Chelsea ready to pounce. It was claimed that Van der Vaart was ready to call time on his time in Spain after slipping down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu. He was even quoted as saying that the opportunity to join Liverpool or Chelsea would be 'impossible to turn down'. However, the Dutchman claims he has been misquoted and never intended to suggest that he was closing in on a move to England. Instead, the 27-year-old playmaker is looking to force his way into the fold at Real, with Jose Mourinho having stepped into the Bernabeu hot-seat over the summer. "I'm determined to stay at Real Madrid," Van der Vaart told De Telegraaf. "I want to stay here and succeed at Real. It's a shame that the English press has misquoted me. They've written things that are simply not true." Van der Vaart has spent the last two years in the Spanish capital, having completed a big-money move from Hamburg in 2008. He has managed 70 appearances in all competitions during his time in Madrid, but found himself unable to hold down a regular starting berth last season.