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Dutch Football player, plays for Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League


Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart's preferred position is as an attacking midfielder however he can also operate in other positions such as second striker. Van der Vaart began his career at Ajax's famous youth academy and worked his way into the first team debuting as a 17-year-old. He moved to Bundesliga side Hamburg, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 2010–11 Premier League summer transfer window.

Rafael van der Vaart Info

Full NameRafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Date of BirthFebruary 11, 1983
Place of BirthHeemskerk, Netherlands
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Current ClubTottenham Hotspur
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 You can buy good players, but you also have to have a good team. Team-mates is what I mean. Everybody likes each other and wants to work for each other. That's the main thing. 
— Rafael van der Vaart / February 20, 2011
 This is a big year for Tottenham. We have great players and a big squad. Now we are really good in the Champions League and if we win against Blackpool we are also almost at the top of the table. 
— Rafael van der Vaart / February 20, 2011
 These statements are invented; I have not spoken to any English newspaper. I want to fight for my place as usual, 
— Rafael van der Vaart denying speculations that he is interested in moving to Manchester United / August 22, 2010
Related Quotes: 2010-11 Premier League
 I could never play for another club in Spain and the truth is that if you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club you can join that is not a step down – and that’s Manchester United, 
— Rafael van der Vaart will only go to Manchester United if he leaves Real Madrid / August 20, 2010
 They are a huge club and if the reported interest they have in me turns out to be true, then I would really have to sit down and listen. 
— Rafael van der Vaart will only go to Manchester United if he leaves Real Madrid / August 20, 2010

 If Manchester United could offer me first-team football with the situation as it is at Madrid, it would be very hard to turn down. Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I would never think about joining a team where I didn’t believe I could win things, so all of a sudden that limits your choices. At Manchester United you know success is likely and that’s a big factor for me at this stage of my career. 
— Rafael van der Vaart will only go to Manchester United if he leaves Real Madrid / August 20, 2010
 If [Real boss] Jose Mourinho makes it clear I won’t play much, I see my future in English football. 
— Rafael van der Vaart will eye the Premier League if he doesn't get enough action in La Liga / August 20, 2010
Related Quotes: 2010-11 La Liga
 For me there is no problem with Oezil arriving. I will fight for my place. The club has not spoken to me, but [Jose] Mourinho always tells us that we all have opportunities. Being at Madrid is very hard, especially now, with the arrival of a player of great quality. But I want to stay and I know I'm going to play a lot. 
— Rafael van der Vaart wants to stay and fight for his place in Real Madrid despite the arrival of Mesut Oezil / August 17, 2010