Van der Vaart to leave Spanish shores

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has confirmed that he will be leaving Spain this summer, adding that he is extremely disappointed to have been left out of new coach Manuel Pellegrini's plans for the new season. The Dutch international has made 32 league appearances - netting five times - since joining the Madridistas last summer. However, following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, Real are open to offers for Dutch quintet Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Klaas-Jan Huntleaar has already departed for AC Milan. The 26-year-old - who has been capped 69 times by his country - has been linked with moves to a host of European clubs, including Hamburg, Ajax, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal. And he has since confirmed that he will be departing for pastures new during the close-season, and that he will not be joining another Spanish side. "The night that head coach Pellegrini told me that I was no longer needed was a dreadful evening. I never expected that and I was really disappointed," he said in Sportweek. "Joining Real in the summer of 2008 was like a dream come true for me. I wouldn't have want to miss it, even though things never got going as I expected. I'm not a quitter, but my situation at the club leaves me no other choice but to move on. "I'm not too happy with the way Madrid is treating me, but that's football. A player doesn't exactly have a choice when a club decides that you're surplus to requirements. Ending up at the club of your choice pretty much is a luxury. "I don't want to join a club that snaps me up just because I'm a cheap transfer target. I want to be important again at my new club. "Joining another club in Spain isn't an option for me. Every club is a step back when you've played for Real Madrid. Even teams such as Valencia and Barcelona. I want to enjoy playing football again and I want to do so outside Spain." NEWS: Arsenal set for Van der Vaart swoop NEWS: Van der Vaart turns back on Ajax return NEWS: Van der Vaart tipped to leave for free NEWS: Van der Vaart set for switch REAL MADRID FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Raul, Robinho, Fabio Cannavaro, Fabio Capello, Samuel Eto'o One on One Michael Owen, Ronaldo, Nicolas Anelka, David Beckham Web Exclusives Guus Hiddink And Another Thing Best league in the world? Sing When You’re Winning Rafael Nadal My Secret Vice Michel Salgado Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi Plus! Rate Real players (and others) on Talentspotter