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By ESPN Staff
Jul 31, 2008

Sneijder would welcome Van Der Vaart

Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder believes the arrival of his Holland team-mate Rafael van der Vaart at the Bernabeu would be 'beautiful'. The Hamburg midfielder has repeatedly been linked with Madrid this summer after some fine performances for the Oranje at Euro 2008, and the Primera Liga champions have already had a 6million euro bid rejected. Reports in Spain suggest an improved bid of 10million has been accepted, and Sneijder believes his compatriot would bring a lot to the team. 'It would be beautiful,' he told German magazine Kicker. 'He can play as centre forward, or in the same role as Raul just behind the forwards, and also in the two positions in midfield.' Despite the fact the two players operate in a similar position, Sniejder does not believe his place in the starting XI would be jeopardised by the 25-year-old's arrival. 'You have to remember that there are going to be injuries during the season,' he added. Van der Vaart has a clause in his contract which will allow him to leave Hamburg for just 1.5million euros in 12 months' time. His contract with the Bundesliga club expires in 2010. Hamburg will meet Madrid in London next week at the Emirates Cup.

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