Rafael van der Vaart has insisted the only team he would be interested in moving to should he leave Real Madrid are Manchester United.
Liverpool and Arsenal are all thought to be chasing the Dutch international after Real Madrid’s general manager admitted the club would be having a summer clear out in the coming weeks.
New boss Jose Mourinho has brought in Mesut Ozil and Sergio Canales this summer, to add to a plethora of attacking midfielders like Kaka and Esteban Granero.
Add them to defensive players Xabi Alonso and Lassana Diarra and that give Real plenty of scope to cut their midfield options.
Despite reported interest from other top four clubs in England, the 27-year-old has admitted there is only one destination in his mind at present.
Van der Vaart told the Daily Express: “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.
“They are a huge club and if the reported interest they have in me turns out to be true, then I would really have to sit down and listen.
“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.
“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.
“If [Real boss] Jose Mourinho makes it clear I won’t play much, I see my future in English football,” he added.
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