Van der Vaart tipped to leave for free

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart should be allowed to leave the Bernabeu giants for free this summer, according to a FIFPro lawyer. 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 Wesley Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe and Ruud van Nistelrooy, while Klaas-Jan Huntleaar has already departed for AC Milan. Van der Vaart - who has been capped 69 times by his country - has been linked with a return to former clubs Hamburg and Ajax, as well as Inter Milan, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa. And a move now seems all-but assured for the 26-year-old, after he was not handed a squad number ahead of the new season. But, according to FIFPro lawyer Wil van Megen, rather than interested clubs having to shell out around £10 million for the player, Van der Vaart should be allowed to depart the 31-time la Liga winners for nothing, with Real making it clear they have no desire to use him. "'It's obvious that Real is not planning to let Van der Vaart play and does not want to make use of his services anymore. He even did not get a player's number for the new season. In such a case they should let him walk away for free," Van Megen said in the Daily Mail. "Apparently he's worth nothing to them, so why should they ask a transfer fee? FIFA and the clubs always talk about players who should respect their contracts. But in this case Real is the one who is not respecting the contract. "They have just written Van der Vaart off by refusing him to be a part of the team. "In my opinion by acting in this way Real has lost the right to demand a transfer fee for this player." NEWS: Van der Vaart set for switch