Betis’ accounts department will breathe a sigh of relief on June 30 when Rafael van der Vaart’s contract with the Liga club expires.
The former Netherlands international arrived at the Benito Villamarín in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer from Hamburg but failed to make an impact in LaLiga and was subsequently loaned to Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland the following summer.
However, due to financial constraints, Betis agreed to pick up 40 percent of Van der Vaart’s salary of over one million euros per season with Midtjylland paying 20 percent and the remainder being picked up by various sponsors. It is fair to say that none of the parties came out of the deal on top after Van der Vaart spent most of 2016-17 on the bench and played just six minutes for the senior side in 2017-18. "It hasn't worked out as I expected," the 35-year-old noted as he left Midtjylland.
Van der Vaart offers
Van de Vaart has received two proposals to continue playing, one from Danish side Esbjerg, where his partner is a player for the handball team, and another from Dutch second division side Telstar Velsen.