Transfer news: Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart plays down talk of Besiktas move
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart says there is no truth in rumours linking him with a move to Turkish side Besiktas.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 22/05/14 11:58am
The former Spurs midfielder has been included in Holland's 30-man squad for this summer's World Cup, despite a disappointing campaign at the foot of the Bundesliga table.
Having successfully avoided relegation, Van der Vaart insists he is ignoring all the transfer speculation.
"I have also heard about an interest of Besiktas JK in my services. But there is no truth in this," he told Bild.
"We have achieved Bundesliga safety with Hamburger SV, now I am just focused on the FIFA 2014 World Cup tournament that I am going to play in."
The Hamburg captain's current contract is set to expire next summer, and general manager Oliver Kreuzer is hoping that the Dutchman commits to the club for another season.
Kreuzer said: "He has a contract left to go at our club. At this point in time I am expecting him to fulfill this deal."