Van der Vaart: No Hamburg return

Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has ruled out quitting Real Madrid to return to Bundesliga side Hamburg, even if he continues to fail to hold down a regular place in Spain.

"Even though I had a nice life in Hamburg, I would not want to leave Real at any price," the 26-year-old told Bild.

"A return to Hamburg is really not a reality for me," added the former Hamburg captain who spent three seasons in Germany.

Fellow Dutchman, Martin Jol, who has coached Hamburg since last summer, had hinted van der Vaart's return would interest his former club who are third in the Bundesliga.

Real signed van der Vaart from Hamburg for 13 million euros last summer.