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Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart 'can imagine' MLS switch

New York City FC concede their first defeat of the season via Ike Opara header for Sporting Kansas City.
Rafael van der Vaart will be available on a free transfer this summer.

Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart has said he "can imagine playing in America" amid interest from Sporting Kansas City.

Hamburg, who are again battling to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga, confirmed at the weekend that Van der Vaart, 32, will leave the club when his contract expires this summer.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder is widely expected to move to Major League Soccer, with Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman having tweeted early last month that the club had...

Rafael van der Vaart: Hamburg decision to let me go is not a problem

Peter Knabel was unveiled as German Bundesliga strugglers SV Hamburg's interim head coach until the end of the current season.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes that first-team games are key for Julian Green's growth, while Shaka Hislop adds that the pressure on the teenager to perform continues to build.

Rafael van der Vaart said he understood Hamburg's decision not to extend his stay as he was again linked with a move to MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

Midfielder Van der Vaart will not be offered a new contract when his current deal with the Bundesliga strugglers expires at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old former Spurs midfielder told Bild: "It's not a problem and also no surprise.

"Maybe it's better for both sides. There is a time to come and a time to go."

Earlier this month, Sporting Kansas...