Van der Vaart hails boss Harry

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.”