Belfast Telegraph

Van der Vaart won over by Redknapp

Rafael van der Vaart has claimed Liverpool were interested in signing him this summer but has backtracked on suggestions Bayern Munich also wanted him.

Van der Vaart last week completed a dramatic last-gasp £8million transfer deadline day move to Tottenham from Real Madrid. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had suggested Bayern had bid £18million for the Holland midfielder but this was denied by Madrid, while Van der Vaart said the German club had not made a "concrete" offer.

The 27-year-old now says Bayern were not interested but that Liverpool had wanted to sign him and he told Sky Sports News: "Liverpool were interested, Bayern were never interested, but you have to have a good feeling and this manager gave me a good feeling and I am really happy to be going to Spurs."

Van der Vaart revealed his international team-mates who already played for Barclays Premier League clubs were pressing him to join them in England.

"They were telling me that I should come to England; now I am going to be playing in England and am very proud," he said.

"I am going to be playing against Dirk [Kuyt], Nigel [De Jong], [John] Heitinga, so it's good."

He added: "I will give it my best and hopefully I will play a lot of games and will be important for the team.

"I hope to score goals, make some good passes and give them [the fans] some fun."

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