Real Betis president confirms transfer of Rafael van der Vaart is close

The former Tottenham favourite is set to return to Spain five years after leaving Real Madrid for White Hart Lane.

Hamburg attacking midfielder and former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart is set to agree a move to Real Betis in the coming days, after the club's president Juan Carlos Ollero told Radio Marca Sevilla that a switch was close, according to quotes on Sky Sports.

“The Germans are very serious people and if they have said it it's because they are well-informed," Juan Carlos Ollero is reported to have said.

"The negotiation with Van der Vaart is very advanced. He is a footballer with a proven track record, with an important role in his clubs. With character, he’s competitive.”

German publication Bild have also been running the story in recent days that a move and a three-year-deal is on the cards, with the playmaker's contract at Die Rothosen set to expire this summer.

Van der Vaart is something of an icon at Spurs despite having only played there for two seasons.

His arrival from Real Madrid as a former Galactico excited fans and signalled a brief period where the North Londoners were Champions League competitors.

With the Dutchman in the side, alongside stars such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, players who have since made the return switch to the Bernabeu, Spurs made it to the quarter finals in 2010-11 before eventually losing out to his former team Real.

The 32-year-old played 78 times for the White Hart Lane outfit, scoring 28 goals. It was arguably some of the best football of his career in the major leagues.

Van der Vaart's second spell at Hamburg was one stricken by relegation battles, and though the famous Bundesliga club avoided relegation at the death two years in a row, the former Ajax star has been unable to return to form at a club that is struggling so much. 

He now looks like returning to La Liga, where he had a troubled spell at Los Blancos before his move to the Premier League, joining up with the promoted Seville club and their former West Brom manager Pepe Mel.

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