Transfer news

Van der Vaart keen on Van Bommel

January 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Rafael van der Vaart believes Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel would be a fine addition to the Tottenham team.

Rafael van der Vaart, Mark van Bommel
GettyImagesRafael van der Vaart said he thought Mark van Bommel would be a good addition to the Tottenham squad

Van Bommel, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a number of clubs around Europe including Spurs, AC Milan and Aston Villa, and Van der Vaart feels his Netherlands team-mate would be a strong signing.

"He is a super player with lots of experience, who would help any team," he told Sport Bild. "Tottenham want to take the next step to get to the same level as our local rivals Arsenal.

"I think that is possible. Therefore we can use good players."

Van der Vaart, 27, also reiterated his desire to remain at White Hart Lane long-term after ending a miserable two-year spell with Real Madrid in the summer.

"After my time at Real Madrid, which was not a very happy one, I have rediscovered my love for the game at Tottenham," he said. "My heart is now at Tottenham. It is not a huge club but rather a real traditional club, like I have already learned to love at Hamburg or Ajax.

"The changes should now come to an end. Also for my family. My son speaks four languages by now. That's enough. I feel settled in London and would like to play here for many years."