Van der Vaart denies Chelsea talk

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.