Van der Vaart’s move to Spurs from Madrid approved

Rafael van der Vaart’s move to Tottenham from Real Madrid was

ratified by the Premier League on Wednesday, giving the Netherlands

midfielder a chance to revive his club career in England.

The deal was hit by technical difficulties as the transfer

window was closing Tuesday, and the league’s board had to determine

whether to sanction the move.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claimed he was only alerted to

Van der Vaart’s availability for 8 million pounds ($12 million) two

hours before the transfer deadline.

Details of the contract weren’t revealed by Spurs, but the

27-year-old Van der Vaart announced in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf

that he had signed a four-year deal.

”The interest from Tottenham only became concrete (on Tuesday)

but after that things moved very quickly,” Van der Vaart said. ”I

didn’t have to think about it for long. But I just want to play

football again and, if possible, every week with a beautiful club.

I’m totally happy.”

Van der Vaart, who was part of the Netherlands team that lost to

Spain in the World Cup final in July, struggled to establish

himself at Madrid in his two years at the club.

Van der Vaart will be able to play Champions League football

again with Spurs having reached the group stage for the first

time.