Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart has signed a three-year deal with newly promoted Real Betis, bringing him back to La Liga after leaving Real Madrid in 2010. Van der Vaart chose to join Betis because his mother’s family is from the area (his mother Spanish and his father is Dutch)…and because his second stint at HSV was rather poor.
So to honor his local heritage, Van der Vaart brought his family with him to his unveiling and his grandmother took a special place on the bench.
But the 32-year-old isn’t letting the fact that Betis are only just getting back into the top flight after a season in the second division dampen his ambitions. From Reuters:
“I have had two poor years at Hamburg but I still believe I am a good player. I was talking to the coach and we want to win the league.”
And maybe if they ask Barcelona nice enough, they’ll let them.