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Wed Apr 23 16:09:25 SAST 2014

I'm not Hamburg's saviour, insists Van der Vaart

Sapa-AFP | 16 September, 2012 11:200 Comments
Rafael Van Der Vaart Signs For Hamburger SV
Rafael van der Vaart of Hamburg is pictured prior to a press conference at Imtech Arena on August 31, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany
Image by: Joern Pollex / Bongarts/Getty Images

Rafael van der Vaart has insisted he is not the saviour of Hamburg, who face Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, as he prepares to make his first Bundesliga appearance since his return to the Hanseatic club.

“I’m not the saviour, I know that many people expect miracles from me, but I can’t walk on water,” the Dutch midfielder told Sunday’s edition of German daily Bild.

Having rejoined Hamburg from Tottenham Hotspur last month for 13 million euros ($17 million), van der Vaart is under pressure to turn Hamburg’s fortunes around after Thorsten Fink’s team lost both their opening league matches.

The former Real Madrid midfielder insists he is in Hamburg “to play good football and improve the quality of the team” who are 17th in the league — just one place from bottom.

The Dutchman says Hamburg should learn from the example of Borussia Dortmund who have won the German league title for the last two seasons.

“Dortmund has shown the way. Four years ago, Dortmund were a long way from the top. And now? Twice champions,” he said.

Van der Vaart says Hamburg could well be his last club.

“It is very possible that Hamburg will be my last stop, unless someone tells me at the club: ’Sorry, Rafa, there’s nothing here for you any more’”.

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