x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Tottenham secure signing of Van der Vaart

Tottenham confirm the signing of the Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid.

The Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will be a 'big plus' for Spurs, says their manager Harry Redknapp.
The Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart will be a 'big plus' for Spurs, says their manager Harry Redknapp.

Rafael van der Vaart was yesterday in as much of a daze as Tottenham Hotspur fans after the Premier League sanctioned his whirlwind £8 million (Dh45,260m) move from Real Madrid with hours to spare. Spurs had been sweating on clearance to bring the Holland midfielder to White Hart Lane after technical difficulties hampered their efforts to submit the relevant paperwork for the signing before yesterday's 6pm transfer deadline. But after investigating the club's claims that there were difficulties involving computer servers used in the transaction between themselves and Real, the Premier League yesterday ratified the move. That allowed Tottenham to announce the 27-year-old's signing less than two hours before top-flight clubs had to submit their 25-man squads for the first half of the Premier League season. Van der Vaart, deemed surplus to requirements at Real, told De Telegraaf: "Four years at Spurs, for ?11million (Dh51,723m), I can hardly believe it myself. The interest from Tottenham came very quick and I did not have much time to think. But I want to play football again and if possible every week, with a beautiful club. I'm totally happy. I am excited about playing in England. Whether it suits my style remains to be seen, but I think a good footballer can adapt and I am very proud of this transfer." Confirming they had given Van der Vaart's move the green light, the Premier League said in a statement: "The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart's registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur." Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, last night revealed he was alerted to Van der Vaart's availability just two hours before the window closed. Redknapp also claimed the player had been set to join Bayern Munich for £18m on Monday until the move broke down. However, that was categorically denied this afternoon by Real, with Miguel Pardeza, the sports director, telling his club's website: "It is absolutely false that Real Madrid received a ?21m offer from Bayern Munich for Van der Vaart. In fact, the German team never showed an interest to sign the player, so the allegations made in England have greatly surprised us."

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