Transfer talk

Van dar Vaart going nowhere

January 3, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Rafael van der Vaart has insisted he will be staying at Spurs to fire them back into the Champions League.

Rafael van der Vaart
GettyImagesRafael van der Vaart has scored seven Premier League goals for Spurs this season.

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There had been talk that Van der Vaart could leave the club in the January transfer window after manager Harry Redknapp again questioned the player's fitness, especially his on-going hamstring problems, but the Netherlands international has no intention of switching clubs.

Van der Vaart said: "It's not true that I could be leaving in January. Of course there are rumours when you are third in the table and you play good football. People are always going to look and they are interested in the players of Tottenham, but this season nobody wants to leave - we are close to something special.

"Of course I want to stay here. Everybody feels that we have a great team and it is really fun to play here - we have big players, experienced players and Harry is doing a great job.

"Sometimes you can have a little problem with the manager, but you talk to each other and everything is fine. Harry is doing an amazing job at Spurs and this season it feels that something more can happen.

"I was celebrating at home when Manchester City lost at Sunderland, and especially as the winning goal was offside.

"We needed the three points at Swansea and we were only six minutes away, but to be fair they played some very good stuff and deserved a draw. And now our result doesn't seem so bad.

"Now we need to push on and qualify for the Champions League again - otherwise we would be really disappointed not to finish in the top four after our first half of the season."