Schalke interested in Tottenham’s Van der Vaart

AFP, Thursday 31 May 2012

Spurs midfielder Van der Vaart may join Shalke

Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart of The Netherlands (photo: Reuters)

Bundesliga side Schalke 04 are on the trail of Tottenham's attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, according to reports Thursday.

Dutch international van der Vaart is linked with Spurs until June 2014, but the player's agent Robert Geerlings told the German magazine Kicker: "I can confirm that Schalke are interested (in signing Van der Vaart)."

Van der Vaart, who scored the second goal Wednesday for the Netherlands in a 2-0 win over Slovakia, a warm-up match for Euro 2012, said would not rule out moving to Germany.

"Normally, I'm staying with Tottenham, but in football you can never say what's going to happen," said van der Vaart.

In contrast to Spurs, who finished fourth in the Premier League but will lose out on a Champions League place after Chelsea's recent triumph, Schalke are assured a place in the competition next season.

Van der Vaart is also seen as a perfect replacement for Spanish star Raul, who will play in Qatar next season, and one who would link up well with compatriot Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the Bundesliga's top scorer last season.

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