LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham Hotspur jumps for a header with Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Rafael Van der Vaart is officially gone, and you have the right to be sad about it. Everyone's a little sad about it. I understand why he was sold and I think it was a good deal for the team, but I'm going to miss him quite a bit.
Apparently, he missed Hamburg quite a bit, or is at least really interesting in becoming a big fan favorite again. He spent his entire press conference gushing about how HSV is the bestest thing in the world.
Van der Vaart: "It's a real dream and quite emotional for me. I had my best time here and always missed Hamburg."— dan_bu (@dan_bu) August 31, 2012
Good luck at your new-old club, Rafa. He had a couple of excellent years here with some very memorable performances, but selling a 29-year-old who rarely is able to play for more than 60 minutes is simply smart business. Now, let's hope Daniel Levy gets deals done and spends that money today.