‘Did so much’ – Van der Vaart admits he is happy with player’s improvement

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Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael Van der Vaart has expressed his delight at seeing Gareth Bale hitting form at Tottenham Hotspur after the tough times the Welshman went through at Real Madrid.

Van der Vaart only spent two seasons at White Hart Lane but the Dutchman certainly won a place in the hearts of Spurs fans during his time at the club.

He was part of a star-studded midfield during his time at Spurs which included the likes of Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

Bale was already emerging as Tottenham’s main man during Van der Vaart’s time in North London and the 38-year-old admitted that he would love to see his former teammate guide the Lilywhites to silverware.

The legendary midfielder told talkSPORT: “I’m happy that he’s back at Spurs, but I’m more happy that at what he’s doing now because I think he’s a great player.

“He did so much for Real Madrid and he deserved what he’s getting now and I hope it’s going to stay like that.

“I hope he can give Spurs a title after a long time, or FA Cup, or Champions League, or Europa League or Premier League.”

Van der Vaart arrived at Tottenham on the summer transfer deadline day in 2010 and the transfer caught most people off guard at the time as there were not usual weeks of speculation leading up to the deal.

The former Spurs man admitted that he made a decision to leave when Jose Mourinho, the then Real Madrid manager, told him he was not part of his plans.

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Bale had a poor game on Sunday but that should not take away from the form he has shown over the past several weeks. He could be crucial in helping us get over the line in the important matches we have coming up over the next month and a half which will likely determine whether this season is a success or a failure.

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