Van der Vaart hails boss Harry

Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has a "similar technique" to Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho.

Van der Vaart did not spend long working with Mourinho before his move to London in August last year, but has favourably compared the Portuguese coach and Redknapp, who will clash in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.

"I love how Madrid play," said Van der Vaart. "They are having a very good season. Mourinho is a coach who the players want to play for.

"Redknapp has a similar technique. They are very good, they know how to engage a group. Players want to win for them."

Van der Vaart admits he was "very angry" to leave Madrid, but insists he does not bear a grudge against the coach who sold him.

"In the off-season I had much contact with Mourinho and he is an exceptional coach, the best in the world," the Holland international said in an interview with Spanish daily AS.

"But I wanted to play every game and in Madrid there are many exceptional players. I am 28 years old and to be at a high level I need games.

"Now I am very happy in London with Tottenham. It’s a city I like."

Asked if he would celebrate if he scores for Spurs at the Bernabeu, Van der Vaart added: "Yes, of course, but with respect."