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Van der Vaart not looking for move

April 1, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Rafael van der Vaart insists he has every intention of remaining at Tottenham next season.

Rafael van der Vaart
GettyImagesRafael van der Vaart knows nothing about the opposition

Van der Vaart, 28, has enjoyed a revival at Spurs after ending a frustrating two-year spell with Real Madrid last summer, but he revealed this week that he misses the lifestyle in the Spanish capital.

He has also complained that he is rarely given 90 minutes during games, but he remains convinced that he can win silverware if he stays at White Hart Lane and has no interest in a summer move.

"The fact that I'm not being linked with top clubs does not matter to me," he told Nu Sport. "I don't intend to leave Spurs after just a year.

"You always have to be ambitious. I want to win trophies, and I think in the short term I can do that every year with Tottenham.

"The chairman is very enthusiastic. He'll say: 'I want to sign this player and that player.' I like the sound of that. If we can qualify for the Champions League once again next season it will become easier to attract new signings.

"The chairman gave former manager Martin Jol a Porsche as a present after a good run of results. He hasn't yet done something similar for us, but maybe he might if we win the Champions League."

Van der Vaart said he has been frustrated that Spurs have failed to take advantage of recent Premier League fixtures against sides battling relegation and that they must improve that aspect of their game if they are to become serious challengers for the title.

"Tottenham are still in the process of developing. In our last three league games against Blackpool, Wolves and West Ham we've taken just two points, but it ought to have been nine, and that is stupid," he said.

"We do very well against the bigger clubs, but we mess up too much against the smaller sides. Maybe that is the final step that we need to take. We have sufficient money to remain in the race with the other big clubs."