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Van der Vaart: I will probably stay at Tottenham

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Tottenham midfielder Van der Vaart poised to join Hamburg
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Tottenham midfielder Van der Vaart poised to join Hamburg

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has ruled out speculation linking him a move away from White Hart Lane this summer.

With reports circling for some time that the Dutch international is seeking to move closer to his wife, who works in Europe, both Schalke and Hamburg are thought to have been in the running for his signature. However, with nothing concrete yet on the table, it looks as if he's been priced out of a move and is set to stay.

"It's unbelievable how my name is speculated around Europe," Van der Vaart told Bild. "I can only say these are only speculations. I will probably stay at Tottenham."

With former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas now at the helm, a number of first-team regulars futures are up in the air in what promises to be a summer of high turnover and transition at Tottenham. After enjoying a fruitful three-year spell with Hamburg from 2005-08, the 29-year-old has refused to rule out a return to Germany in the future, though.

He continued: "Maybe it will happen anytime in the future."

Van der Vaart moved to England in 2010 after being frozen out of the side at Real Madrid, and has since gone on to score 24 league goals in 61 games under Harry Redknapp's tenure.

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