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Van der Vaart: Heitinga perfect for Hertha Berlin

4 June 2014 14:21

John Heitinga would be a perfect fit for Hertha Berlin, according to Netherlands team-mate Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart – who will miss the upcoming FIFA World Cup with a calf injury – helped Hamburg narrowly avoid relegation from the Bundesliga last term.

Hamburg, who have never been relegated, beat Greuther Furth on away goals in a play-off to maintain their top-flight status.

And former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder Van der Vaart thinks defender Heitinga would also be a good fit in the Bundesliga.

Van der Vaart told Berlin newspaper BZ: "Should Johnny join Hertha Berlin, they would be signing a top-quality defender.

"He has picked up a lot of valuable experience in the top leagues of European football.

"In addition, he is a true leader. (He) deals exceptionally well with young players in a squad."

Heitinga, who did not make Netherlands' final World Cup squad, was released by Fulham after their Premier League relegation.

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Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 5 +7 11
2 5 +4 9
3 5 +4 9
4 5 +1 8
5 4 +1 7
6 4 +1 7
7 4 +3 6
8 4 +2 6
9 4 +0 6
10 5 +0 6
11 4 -1 6
12 4 +2 5
13 5 -1 5
14 5 -3 3
15 5 -5 3
16 4 -4 2
17 4 -5 2
18 4 -6 1

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