Rafael Van der Vaart’s Tottenham switch confirmed

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

van der vaart

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.


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Laver Cup 2017
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2017: World’s best Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer take up the baton for Europe
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger tells Alexandre Lacazette where he must improve for Arsenal
The Sport Review
Gary Neville sends warning to Man United about Paul Pogba
The Sport Review
Jurgen Klopp sends clear message to Liverpool FC fans about new signing