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 By Chris Wright

Rafael van der Vaart invites granny along to Real Betis unveiling

Despite being voted as the biggest flop in the Bundesliga last season by his fellow players, Rafael van der Vaart has still managed to bag himself a move to sunny Spain having signed for newly promoted Real Betis.

Van der Vaart failed to shine as Hamburg came within a whisker of being relegated from the German top flight for the first time in their history in 2014-15, but has moved on and signed a three-year-deal with the Andalusian side.

The 32-year-old Dutch midfielder has family ties in the region, with his mother hailing from the village of Chiclana de la Frontera, 78 miles down the road from Seville where Betis are based.

As such, his grand unveiling at the Benito Villamarin stadium was something of a family affair, with Van der Vaart inviting his grandmother Dolores along for the occasion.

"I'm very happy to come here. It's a great club and I really can't wait to start," he told the official Betis website.

"For me it is a dream move because my family lives in Chiclana, which is very close by, and I like playing in Spanish football.

"We have to enjoy this experience because football is the best job in the world."

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