Van der Vaart needs Real improvement

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart says he needs to improve to earn a regular place in the team but dismissed media reports the Spanish champions were looking to offload him.

"I have been here five months and think it is a little early to start speaking of these things. No one has said anything to me," the Dutch international told a news conference.

"It's true my performances have dropped off. I have to work hard in training and I feel things are going to get better."