Van der Vaart denies QPR contact

Hamburger SV midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has insisted that there has been no contact with Queens Park Rangers over a possible return to the Premier League, reports Sky Sports.

The 31-year-old Dutch international previously spent two years in London, where he represented Tottenham between 2010 and 2012, making 77 appearances in all competitions and scoring 28 goals.

Current QPR boss Harry Redknapp was in the Spurs dugout at the time, fuelling rumours of a reunion with van der Vaart. “Harry Redknapp has not been in touch with me. He has not phoned me,” said the attacking midfielder.

However, he did not entirely rule out the possibility that a move may happen, saying: “In football you never know, but so far we have not been in touch.”

Van der Vaart also recognised Redknapp’s qualities, and spoke of their good relationship and also his positive experience of the Premier League. “Harry Redknapp and I enjoyed a really great relationship back at Tottenham. He is a top-quality manager,” he said. “I was in great form back then. I scored 12 (Premier League) goals in one season and I netted 13 in the other season.”

Van der Vaart is currently in his second spell in Hamburg, having originally played for the German side between 2005 and 2008 after leaving Ajax. He rejoined the club from Tottenham in the summer of 2012 for a fee reported to be in excess of £10 million. In his second spell to date he has made 59 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

He is also the third most capped player in the history of the Netherlands national team, but missed the recent World Cup in Brazil after suffering a calf injury before the tournament.

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