Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could be forced to exit the club after the signing of Mesut Oezil from Werder Bremen wen through this afternoon, according to Spanish-daily AS.
It is suggested that Real Madrid could be faced with the problem of having too many squad players competing for the attacking midfield role, as they now have five playmakers in Van der Vaart, Esteban Granero, Sergio Canales, the injured Kaka, and now new signing Oezil.
The report states that Van der Vaart is worried about his future and is reluctant to leave Madrid. 'VDV' was seen talking to head coach Jose Mourinho for about five minutes during training yesterday.
The Dutch playmaker faced a similar situation last season when Real Madid signed Kaka. Van der Vaart was stripped off his squad number and not called up for pre-season friendlies, but was ultimately reinstated by former coach Manuel Pellegrini.
AS believe that van der Vaart still has a good image in the Bundesliga due to his successful stint at Hamburg, and should have no problem in finding a new club should he be forced to leave.