Dutch star slams United link

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Rafael van der Vaart has rejected claims that he wants to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United.

Last week the Holland star was quoted in the Daily Express saying that he was on the brink of quitting the Bernabeu after the arrival of Mesut Ozil, and that he favoured a move to Old Trafford.

He reportedly said: "I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down – and that’s Manchester United.

"If Manchester United could offer me first-team football with the situation as it is at Madrid, it would be very hard to turn down.

"Sir Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I would never think about joining a team where I didn’t believe I could win things, so all of a sudden that limits your choices."

“At Manchester United you know success is likely and that’s a big factor for me at this stage of my career."

However, reports in the Spanish press claim that the quotes were falsely attributed to the 27-year-old playmaker, and he is intent to fight for his place at Real.

“These statements are invented. I have not spoken to any English newspaper. I want to fight for my place as usual,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.

"My first idea is to stay. I am 100 percent committed to Madrid. It is a situation similar to last year, but I am happy here in Madrid so I want and try to stay."

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