RAFAEL van der Vaart has dropped a blatant ‘rescue me from Real Madrid’s bench’ nudge-nudge-wink-wink to Manchester United.
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With the signing of Mesut Ozil, it appears that VdV’s first-team chances at Real are slim to none. Hence the United hint:
“I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down – and that’s Manchester United,” he is quoted as saying in the Express.
“They are a huge club and if the reported interest they have in me turns out to be true, then I would really have to sit down and listen.
“If Manchester United could offer me first-team football with the situation as it is at Madrid, it would be very hard to turn down. Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I would never think about joining a team where I didn’t believe I could win things, so all of a sudden that limits your choices.
“At Manchester United you know success is likely and that’s a big factor for me at this stage of my career.
“If [Real boss] Jose Mourinho makes it clear I won’t play much, I see my future in English football.”
Message received. But do United have the cash to fund a bid for VdV? We’ll see…