Van der Vaart happy to stay at Spurs

The Dutch international, who arrived in north London from Real

Madrid on transfer deadline day, has proved himself as one of the

signings of the summer, notching five goals for Spurs already this

season. Attacking midfielder Van der Vaart is keen to continue his

good form at Tottenham, and feels silverware is not out of the

question for Harry Redknapp’s side. “When you see the squad, nobody

wants to leave and that’s saying a lot about this club,” Van der

Vaart told the Daily Star. “I want to stay at Tottenham. I’m here

for the long run. “I want to make this a really big club and I hope

I can win something. I think it’s possible – that’s why I’m here.”

Spurs, who made their Champions League debut this term, currently

sit fifth in the Premier League standings after nine games. And

27-year-old Van der Vaart insists a second consecutive top-four

finish is on the cards this term. “I have a lot of confidence that

we are going to be in the Champions League again next season,” he

said. “The pressure is really high, especially when you play in the

Champions League and then a few days later in the league. “It’s

really difficult to win every game, but I think until now we are

doing a great job.” Van der Vaart also feels Spurs are close to

becoming serious league title contenders, adding: “It’s a little

step but it’s still a step. I think within a few years it’s

possible, because everything is possible.” Spurs travel to

Manchester United on Saturday tea-time unbeaten in three league

games, and Van der Vaart is looking forward to taking on the top

flight giants. “I love to play in big games,” he added. “That’s

always a dream for a player to play a great match.”