Reading boss Jaap Stam has confirmed that Rafael van der Vaart contacted the club himself looking for a move to the Championship club.

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vdv betThe veteran midfielder is looking to leave Real Betis this summer and was heavily linked with a move to Reading last week.

Speaking to Getreading, Stam confirmed that the club were contacted by van der Vaart, but added there was a lot to consider before making a final decision on the midfielder.

Stam said, “He called us to tell us that he wants to play here. We are now thinking about his proposal.

“He’s an interesting player with a lot of quality, but he has had many injuries in the past. That we must take into account. It is a difficult decision.

“I know Rafael well. We have played together in the Dutch national team, but I wonder if he is what we need. Can he be an important player for us? I need players who can give everything on the pitch. Not only with the ball, but also in the defensive aspect. “

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