Rafael Van der Vaart’s Tottenham switch confirmed

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Rafael Van Der Vaart (Photo: Tsutomu Takasu)

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Tottenham were given a huge boost today after the Premier League sanctioned their signing of Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart following a deadline day scramble.

Harry Redknapp’s Spurs were involved in a race against the clock to secure the Holland international’s services on Tuesday after technical problems had delayed the finalising of the necessary paperwork. However, the Premier League confirmed the £8m transfer had gone through on Wednesday afternoon.

“The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart’s registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur,” read a Premier League statement.

The 27-year-old midfielder admitted the deal was concluded at a frantic pace, but says he is extremely pleased with the move.

“The interest from Tottenham came very quick and I did not have much time to think,” van der Vaart said. “But I want to play football again and if possible every week, with a beautiful club. I’m totally happy.

“I am excited about playing in England. Whether it suits my style remains to be seen, but I think a good footballer can adapt and I am very proud of this transfer.”

Read a club-by-club list of all confirmed Premier League summer transfers here.

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