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