Rafael van der Vaart weighing up a return to La Liga

The former Tottenham fans favourite is seriously considering advancing plans for a return to Spain.

Out of contract with Bundesliga outfit Hamburg at the end of June, the future is currently unclear for Rafael van der Vaart, although he has no shortage of interest in his services.

With over 100 caps for the Netherlands, during his playing spells with Ajax, two with Hamburg and perhaps most notably, with Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, the attacking midfield maestro has been highly regarded by fans of all.

Over recent months, the player was believed to be pondering over a move to the USA. Talks were held between his representatives and Sporting Kansas City, although no final agreement was eventually reached.

The first club where he made a name for himself, Ajax, have also made attempts to lure him back, whilst in Scotland, there have been reports Celtic have made firm enquiries.

However, the 32-year-old has expressed an interest in seeing out his footballing career in Spain, due to family ties and specifically, his mother's family hailing from the town of Chiclana in the province of Cadiz.

Indeed, Van der Vaart revealed during an interview with The Post Online back in April: "I've agreed with my grandfather that I'll finish my career at Cadiz." Fondly recalling his childhood summer holidays with his grandparents, in the beautiful Costa de la Luz region.

This wasn't with the aim of anything immediate though, bearing in mind that Cadiz CF are currently battling for promotion to the Segunda, via the convoluted play-offs, although his words did generate huge excitement amongst fans.

According to Spanish sports daily AS, Van der Vaart could be getting closer to that ambition, at least geographically, amidst reports that his agents have been in touch with La Liga sides Malaga and Real Betis, with the latter recently having gained promotion back to the top-flight.

Both are believed to be very interested and Van der Vaart would be welcome addition to their respective plans, although his salary expectations could make a move to either club very difficult, particularly given the wealth of interest from other teams around Europe.

Malaga don't have the finances available to make Van der Vaart the highest paid player in their squad, as they're already near their Financial Fair Play salary cap for next season, which is designated by La Liga. Likewise, Real Betis wouldn't be able to afford the kind of salary he's been earning with Hamburg, over recent years.

Despite those possible obstacles, given that his agents have been in touch with both clubs, it would seem to indicate there's certainly a willingness on his part to negotiate. This suggests that Van der Vaart's desire to be closer to family, perhaps comes ahead of financial reward.

Fans of both clubs would undoubtedly be delighted to see him strutting his stuff, either at La Rosaleda or the Benito Villamarin, next season. Certainly, he would be a marvellous capture for either of the two sides.

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