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Saturday 4. September 2010 - 15:05

Tottenham New Boy Rafael van der Vaart: I Am Not A Real Madrid Failure

Tottenham new boy Rafael van der Vaart has declared he is ready to show the quality to rubbish reports he is a Real Madrid failure.

Spurs pulled off the shock signing of the Netherlands international at the end of the summer transfer window. After falling behind Kaka, Sergio Canales and Mesut O ezil in the Madrid pecking order, some quarters have viewed the switch as a sign of defeat.

Speaking to to, Van der Vaart stated he was ready to prove his worth in the Premier League.

He said: "I have not been a failure at Real Madrid "

"I have always given my best over the last few years for both club and country. Now I have arrived at Tottenham and I want to show my quality "

"A number of clubs have been interested in me, but I always wanted to consider the best option at the last moment "

"When I saw that I would not be playing, I knew I had to leave "

"The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. I can only say if I have been worth the money at the end of the season "

The 27-year-old added: "I don't think I am going to have any problems adapting in England to the style of play and the country I am living in.

"The fact that Tottenham were playing in the Champions League influenced my decision a great deal. I have to earn my place in the team."

"Tottenham have a number of sensational players and I know it is not going to be easy, but that is the challenge I am looking forward to."

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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