Van der Vaart rules out Tottenham exit
Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has ruled out leaving White Hart Lane during the January transfer window.
It had been suggested the Holland international could move on with AC Milan leading the chase for his signature.
The 28-year-old has encountered the odd run-in with Harry Redknapp but, ahead of the visit of West Brom on Tuesday (live on FOX Soccer, 2:30pm ET), he insists everything is "fine" with his manager.
The former Real Madrid and Hamburg man believes Redknapp is doing an amazing job at the helm.
Van der Vaart is aware of the rumors with Spurs flying high near the top of the table and he does not want to miss out on the title chase.
"It’s not true that I could be leaving in January," explained Van der Vaart. "Of course there are rumors when you are third in the table and you play good football.
"People are always going to look and they are interested in the players of Tottenham, but this season nobody wants to leave – we are close to something special.
"Of course I want to stay here. Everybody feels that we have a great team and it is really fun to play here – we have big players, experienced players and Harry is doing a great job.
"Sometimes you can have a little problem with the manager, but you talk to each other and everything is fine.
"Harry is doing an amazing job at Spurs and this season it feels that something more can happen."
Redknapp will give a fitness test to Scott Parker before the West Brom clash after the midfielder came off in the second half of Saturday’s draw at Swansea with a knee injury.
Ledley King could be back after missing the last two games with his long-standing knee problem while Aaron Lennon may return from a hamstring injury.
Sebastien Bassong (illness) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (ankle) are likely to return after missing the game in Wales, but Tom Huddlestone remains sidelined with a long-term ankle injury.
West Brom’s Chris Brunt (leg) and striker Shane Long (back) are both struggling to be fit.
It means the likes of Somen Tchoyi, Simon Cox and Graham Dorrans will come into contention.
Roy Hodgson is already likely to be without defender Jonas Olsson (calf) and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (groin).