Van der Vaart targets long Hamburg stay
Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart has said he would like to stay at the club for the rest of his career and told Bild: "A club like HSV belongs at the top, and as long as I am here I will do everything I can to make that happen."
Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink said he would be expecting more from the Netherlands international in what will be his second season at the club, telling kicker: "He can play better than last season.
"He will only play central offensive midfield next season. Last year, Rafael had to collect the ball in defence; now I want to build a team that gets it up front to him."
Van der Vaart, who vowed to get back in trim after returning from holiday slightly overweight, said he aimed to score "at least ten goals next season", adding that the previous campaign had been "the most difficult of my career".
He explained: "I joined the team only after the start of the season, then there was the fight against relegation and my injury. That was not easy."
Fink wants to take Hamburg back into European competition despite the club's plans to cut their wage bill.
"We want to reduce the squad and the wage budget" CEO Carl Jarchow told Morgenpost, but added: "The situation is not precarious."
He said selling key players such as Rene Adler and van der Vaart was "out of the question".