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Rafael van der Vaart keen on Major League Soccer move

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Rafael van der Vaart was hailed as 'the new Johan Cruyff' when he broke on to the scene as an exciting 17-year old at AFC Ajax.

Well it seems like the playmaker is set to follow in Cruyff's footsteps at least once more in his career after it was revealed that Van der Vaart could be set to make a move to North America and play in Major League Soccer.

The current Hamburg captain has admitted that he will be leaving the Bundesliga side at the end of the season, and confirmed that he could make a move to the United States, according to a report from ProSoccerTalk.

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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 held "productive" talks with the player, although he stressed more recently that there is "nothing imminent."

Asked about the prospect of joining the MLS club, Van der Vaart said: "Everything's open at the moment, but I can imagine playing in America. I want to keep playing at a good level for a few years."

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Heineman would later go on to reveal more about the Van der Vaart talks in an interview. The CEO explained that family, not money, is currently the biggest obstacle in attracting the 32-year old to Kansas.

“It isn't a money issue. It's more around some family things,” Heineman explained. “He's got a son in Hamburg, obviously, and he's got a father who travels to a lot of his games, and so we've got to accommodate some of those things. So if we can work those things out, we'll have him.”

Van der Vaart moved back to Hamburg in 2012 after a three-year spell in North London with Tottenham Hotspur where he netted an impressive 24 times in 63 games.

Since moving back to Die Rothosen Van der Vaart was made club captain but has since fallen out of favour with former head coach Josef Zinnbauer, only making 13 league appearances in 2014/15.

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