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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 8 +19 20
2 8 +8 16
3 8 +5 14
4 8 +5 14
5 8 +4 14
6 8 +2 13
7 8 +2 12
8 8 +0 12
9 8 +1 11
10 8 -6 10
11 8 -1 9
12 8 -2 9
13 8 -5 8
14 8 -4 7
15 8 -6 6
16 8 -6 6
17 8 -4 5
18 8 -12 4

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