'Van der Vaart not returning to Ajax' – agent

The 32-year-old, who has also been linked with MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City, has yet to decide where he wants to go after Hamburg

Rafael van der Vaart’s agent has revealed that the Netherlands international will not be rejoining Ajax this summer.

The Dutchman’s contract with current employers Hamburg is set to expire at the end of June and he has been heavily linked with a return to the Amsterdam ArenA, where he came through the youth team ranks before establishing himself as one of Europe’s finest attacking midfielders.

However, the 32-year-old’s representative, Robert Geerlings, has now stated that his client has yet to choose where he wants to go next and says Ajax will not be kept waiting for a decision.

“Rafael isn’t sure about his own future,” the agent told Voetbal International. “Ajax have waited long enough now and we thought it was decent to inform Ajax about it.

“I expect that Ajax will switch to other options now. We can understand that.”

Hamburg confirmed in March that Van der Vaart would not be offered a new deal with the German club and he has since been linked with a move to MLS, with Sporting Kansas City expressing an interest in his services.

Van der Vaart, who is now coming to the end of his second spell at the Imtech Arena, made 24 Bundesliga appearances this season, netting four times in the process and racking up one assist.

HSV are set for another relegation playoff this term after their 2-0 win over Schalke ensured they avoided a direct drop out of the Bundesliga for the first time.