Rafael van der Vaart is one of the players who could exit Real Madrid this summer to make way for Jose Mourinho’s new players.

The talented Dutchman has claimed that the only club that wouldn’t be a step down after the Spanish giants in Manchester United, claiming he would find it difficult to turn down an offer to play for Sir Alex Ferguson.

“I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down – and that’s Manchester United,” he said. “They are a huge club and if the reported interest they have in me turns out to be true, then I would really have to sit down and listen. If Manchester United could offer me first-team football with the situation as it is at Madrid, it would be very hard to turn down. Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I would never think about joining a team where I didn’t believe I could win things, so all of a sudden that limits your choices. At Manchester United you know success is likely and that’s a big factor for me at this stage of my career. If Jose Mourinho makes it clear I won’t play much, I see my future in English football.”