Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Rafael van der Vaart Confirms He's Staying

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 20, 2012

BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:   Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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New manager Andre Villas-Boas has received another boost ahead of the upcoming English Premier League season with the news that striker Rafael van der Vaart will remain at the club this year.

Van der Vaart had been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane over the summer transfer window, but the 29-year-old Dutch international quashed the rumors and confirmed his desire to play under Villas-Boas next season.

The striker told the Sun that he was excited about the new manager and the upcoming season and has no intentions of leaving White Hart Lane this summer.

My place is at Spurs—I want to win the title with this club. Each summer my name appears in the transfer market.

The new coach [Andre Villas-Boas] has good plans for me and this is important. I have heard excellent reports about AVB. We have very good attacking and if AVB imposes an offensive system, the team could be a real spectacle.

The race for the top four will be a total war from the very first day...

The Dutch international has netted 28 goals for Spurs since transferring to the club two years ago and will be a pivotal player in their quest for a top-four spot this season.

With the addition of Gylfi Sigurdsson to the Spurs' attack and the possible acquisition of another midfielder to replace Luka Modric, van der Vaart will no doubt thrive this year as he spearheads Tottenham's attack.

The retention of the 29-year-old is another huge boost for Villas-Boas, who has had one of the strongest transfer window periods. The manager has seen Gareth Bale and now van der Vaart commit to the club's future and has brought in Jan Vertonghen and Sigurdsson to White Hart Lane—strengthening their chances at that elusive top-four position.

All that remains to be seen now is whether the Spurs can mix in with the Premier League's elite and attain a Champions League berth.

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