Van der Vaart Seals Spurs Switch

1 09 2010

Rafael Van der Vaart’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur has been ratified by the Premier League.

It was believed that Spurs had missed the deadline to sign the Dutchman but Tottenham’s official website has confirmed the deal.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=rafael+van+der+vaart&iid=9517747″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9517747/los-angeles-galaxy-real/los-angeles-galaxy-real.jpg?size=500&imageId=9517747″ width=”380″ height=”448″ /] The Tottenham website read: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Rafael Van der Vaart”.

The Holland international came through the ranks at Ajax and won two league titles during 141 appearances with the Eredivisie side, scoring 60 goals before leaving for Hamburg in the summer of 2005.

The attacking midfielder, 27, was the Bundesliga side’s leading scorer in his first season in Germany and went on to captain the side before joining Real Madrid ahead of the 2007/08 campaign.

Rafael has been capped by Holland a total of 83 times, scoring 16 goals, since making his international debut against Andorra in 2001 at the age of 18.

He has since represented the Netherlands at two European Championships and two World Cups, including this summer’s tournament in South Africa where he featured five times in the side’s run to the Final”.

The transfer has also been confirmed by the Premier League. In a statement, they said: “The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart’s registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur.”

Real Madrid revealed that there was no interest from German giants Bayern Munich contrary to reports in the English media and by Tottenham themselves.

Madrid director Miguel Pardeza revealed: “Real Madrid met all the deadlines regarding the transfer of Van der Vaart”.

When questioned on the subject of Bayern Munich making an approach for the Holland star, Pardeza said:

“It is absolutely false that Real Madrid received a 21million euro 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.”

Mark Jepson

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