Van der Vaart denies Chelsea talk
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Real Madrid attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has denied rumours linking him with Chelsea.

"I hear there are rumours about me wanting to go to Chelsea. But I have never said that. I have not yet decided on my future. I don't know anything about it," he said on his official website.

"At Real Madrid a lot of things are going to happen in the summer. A new president and maybe a new coach. So I'll just wait and see."

British press reports have linked the 26-year-old Dutchman with a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Real signed Van der Vaart from Bundesliga side Hamburg last summer, in a deal reportedly worth 13 million euros.

But in December the club replaced coach Bernd Schuster with Juande Ramos, under whom van der Vaart has failed to hold down a regular first-eam place.

The reigning Spanish champions have been eliminated from the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League this term, and trail arch-rivals and leaders Barcelona by six points in La Liga. 

Van der Vaart's wife, Sylvie, is a well-known model and television personality, and the Spanish press have compared the pair to David Beckham and his pop star wife Victoria, who became high-profile celebrities in Spain during the English player's stint at Real.