Rafael van der Vaart keen to stay at Tottenham Hotspur

Rafael van der Vaart wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur but the midfielder admits his future may lie away from White Hart Lane

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    
rafael van der vaart
Rafael van der Vaart netted 12 goals for Spurs last season Photo: Paul Blank

rafael van der vaart

Rafael van der Vaart has underlined his desire to stay at Tottenham Hotspur despite the Dutch midfielder admitting there is uncertainty surrounding his future this summer.

Van der Vaart has become an integral part of Harry Redknapp’s Spurs team since moving to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid in a £8m deal in August 2010.

The 29-year-old has scored an impressive 28 goals in 76 appearances for Tottenham and is a reported target for Bundesliga side Schalke this summer.

“I don’t know [where my future lies]. Actually, I want to stay at Tottenham. But, in football, you never know,” he told German newspaper Bild.

“I spent three years living in Hamburg and had a wonderful time at HSV. My wife, Sylvie, works there and we have many friends who live in your country.”

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Redknapp is optimistic the north London club can complete a deal for Ajax captain and Belgium international Jan Vertonghen after the player revealed a deal is close.

“Jan is a terrific passer and versatile, too. He can play at the heart of defence but also plays very comfortable at left-back. I hope a deal is done but I don’t think it’s quite finished yet,” Redknapp told the Sun.

The 25-year-old, who featured in the 1-0 defeat by England at Wembley on Saturday, revealed that he is close to completing a move from the Eredivisie to the Premier Leauge on Friday.

“I am a big fan of the Premier League. It is almost the only competition I watch on TV and for me it is the best competition in the world,” the defender said.

“I would like to play in the Premier League. I am not in contact every day but I think it could be very close now, maybe a couple of weeks or maybe days.”

“I probably know which team I will be going to. I know where I want to go and I think it is clear to everybody.” And when asked if that club is Tottenham, he said: “Yes.”

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

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

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Jamie Redknapp offers ‘brave’ advice to Arsene Wenger about Arsenal transfer
The Sport Review
Novak Djokovic’s 30 at 30 — a celebration of milestones and records
The Sport Review
Graeme Souness: Jose Mourinho is facing this Man United challenge next season