Former Tottenham favourite plays down talk of Turkey switch

After a difficult season in Germany, the Dutch star has been discussing rumours of a move elsewhere.

This season Hamburg came mightily close to ending their 50 year stay in the German top flight.

Needing the advantage of an away goal in order to secure an aggregate 1-1 draw over Greuther Furth in a relegation/promotion playoff, you wouldn't begrudge any Hamburg player a move away from a club that were so poor this season.

But one player has spoken out on rumours linking him with an exit.

Rafael van der Vaart is in his second spell at the club, being particularly fond of Die Rothosen, and he has denied that a reported imminent exit to Besiktas is on the cards.

"I have heard about an interest of Besiktas JK in my services. But there is no truth in this," the Hamburg captain told Bild.

"We have achieved Bundesliga safety with Hamburger SV, now I am just focused on the FIFA 2014 World Cup tournament that I am going to play in."

Whether Van der Vaart ends up at another European club by the end of the summer is yet to be seen. If Ajax manager and fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer takes over at Tottenham, there may be some that hope he decides to bring his old Oranje teammate back to White Hart Lane.

Van der Vaart's form since returning to Germany has been somewhat below the standard he'd set himself previously, and this year he could only manage 8 goals as Hamburg narrowly avoided relegation.

Despite this, he is set to play a key role for Louis van Gaal in the Netherlands' World Cup challenge in Brazil.

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