Dutch international midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has conceded that he will not be joining Valencia in the transfer window and is resigned to staying with Hamburg for the time being.
The 24-year-old angered Hamburg fans when he was photographed with a Valencia shirt at the weekend, having stated previously he was keen to join the Spanish outfit.
Van der Vaart showed some remorse for his actions and apologised to the supporters for his behaviour.
“Perhaps I should have expressed myself better, some of my remarks hurt Hamburg fans and they don’t deserve that,” he admitted.
“Sometimes you have to be a bit of an arsehole in life to get to where you want to be, that is not something I would normally do.”
“In one or two seasons, I am sure, I will play in Spain.”
Meanwhile, Hamburg have fined the player for his earlier remarks and having already rejected a €14m bid from Valencia, decided to take legal action to prevent any further approaches for the player.
“It is a race against time,” Van der Vaart told German newspaper Bild.
“Even if Valencia continue to want me, they will soon end up saying that this saga has gone on too long and they will go after someone else.”
Van der Vaart is under contract until 2010 and Hamburg are not interested in sellling him, even if Valencia up their offer to €22 million euros.
“That does not interest us,” insisted Hamburg’s director Dietmar Beiersdorfer.