Van der Vaart set to leave Hamburg

The Dutchman has been told that he will not be offered a new deal, while Marcell Jansen will also leave HSV come the end of the season

Hamburg CEO Dietmar Beiersdorfer has revealed that club captain Rafael van der Vaart will depart when his current deal runs out in June.

The attacking midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer, is a free agent in June and Beiersdorfer has intimated that the 32-year-old will not be extending his stay at the Bundesliga club. 

Furthermore, Marcell Jansen will also leave HSV come June, while they have yet to make a decision about the futures of Heiko Westermann and Slobodan Rajkovic at the Imtech Arena. 

“We have already talked with Van der Vaart, Jansen, Westermann and Rajkovic about our planning,” Beiersdorfer told the club’s official website.

“Rafael and Marcell know that we will not open talks about a contract extension with them.

“Regarding Heiko and Slobodan, we have postponed the decision and communicated it to the players as well.”

Van der Vaart, who Beiersdorfer has hinted could be offered a possible future coaching role at Hamburg, is in his second spell at the club, having rejoined from Tottenham in August 2012. 

Sporting Kansas City earlier this month confirmed an interest in signing Van der Vaart, while he has also been linked with a return to his boyhood club Ajax.