Spanish giant Real Madrid has opted to keep Rafael van der Vaart after the Dutch midfielder was told by the club that his services were required for the new season, according to Sky Sports .
With the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso at the Bernabeu, van der Vaart was told that he could leave the club, and he did not feature in any of the team's preseason games.
But with the recent departure of Dutch duo Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder to new pastures,
Van der Vaart and his lawyer, Robert Geerlings, held a successful meeting with coach Manuel Pellegrini, technical director Jorge Valdano and general director Jose Angel Sans, where the club asked van der Vaart to remain with Madrid for the upcoming season.
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Van der Vaart was reported to have rejected a move to Besiktas earlier this month, and has also received two concrete offers from Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
As a show of confidence, Real Madrid has given back the No. 23 shirt to its rightful owner. Van der Vaart will return to training with the squad on Tuesday.
"It's official, Rafael will stay with Real," concluded Geerlings.
Van der Vaart is capable of playing "in-the-hole," a position assumed by Kaka at the moment, and will meet tough competition by Esteban Granero for a starting berth in the Madrid midfield.