Hamburg tweet suggests Rafael van der Vaart wants Tottenham return

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Minutes after Hamburg's 3-1 victory over Schalke last night, the Bundesliga club's official Twitter account posted a picture of Rafael van der Vaart, suggesting that the Dutchman wants to re-sign for Tottenham.

The 29-year-old missed the midweek clash at the AOL Arena through injury, that is likely to keep him sidelined, and out of coach Thorsten Fink's side, for the next couple of weeks.

Van der Vaart became a Spurs fans' favourite during his two year stint at White Hart Lane, after former manager Harry Redknapp paid a cut-price fee to bring the former Real Madrid man to north London.

However, following Redknapp's acrimonious departure at the end of last season, it now seems highly unlikely that the forward will be returning to Tottenham any time soon, under the new stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese coach is busy building a squad of his own that he deems capable of challenging for a place in the Champions League, and brought in Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson to play in Van der Vaart's attacking midfield position during the summer transfer window.

Villas-Boas is known to favour a faster, more free-flowing style of football, that the Hamburg star would likely struggle to adapt to, making this social networking prank seem like nothing more than a light-hearted, and unfounded rumour.

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