Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy appears to be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid reportedly has told the attacker that he will be allowed to leave in the winter transfer window.

The 33-year-old is finding regular first-team football hard to come with los Merengues and has made only one league appearance for Real Madrid this term, scoring once.

Madrid is reluctant to let any players go in January, but a report in Spanish daily Marca claims that the club is ready to make an exception for van Nistelrooy in order to keep the Dutchman's World Cup dreams alive.

Van Nistelrooy retired from international football after Euro 2008, but he recently expressed his desire to make a comeback at the 2010 World Cup in a final attempt to win silverware with the Oranje.

The report that van Nistelrooy may leave Madrid in January will be good news for Liverpool. The beleaguered English powerhouse is believed to be eager to sign the Dutchman.

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