Spurs legend describes his ‘fantastic relationship’ with Daniel Levy and love for ‘father-figure’ Harry Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has seen his stock rise dramatically among fans in recent weeks, after the club’s highly-anticipated new 62,000 seat stadium finally opened.

Fans have been blown away by the new ground after visiting for a test event, with everything from the acoustics, to the food and drink, and the pitch itself.

Everything about the stadium is perfect, and that comes as no surprise, as Rafa Van Der Vaart has revealed that Levy was planning it even back in his days at the club.

Surprisingly, Van Der Vaart has talked about his fantastic relationship with the Tottenham chairman, stating that the two used to chat about how to make the club bigger and better.

He said: “I had a fantastic relationship with Daniel. We spoke a lot about the club, how to make it bigger and better. He wanted to know how it was at Real, with the training ground. I said, ‘Go up there and see’. I think they did and took some ideas from it. (Standard)”

Rafa also touched on his relationship with ‘father-figure’ Harry Redknapp at Spurs, and how the manager used to react like a fan to their performances.

He said: “I remember one time I played a fantastic first half. He just said, ‘Rafa, what the f***? What a player! Please continue!’ You grow — and in the second half I played even better. He was more like a fan. Sometimes after the game, he just thanked the players for a great afternoon.”

You can feel the passion in the Dutchman’s words as he talks about his time at White Hart Lane, and fans will be glad to see him back on the pitch tomorrow.

Rafa recalled: “Every time I walked into White Hart Lane, I got goosebumps. I felt so privileged to play there, to make the people happy. Sometimes you have a rough week, you didn’t play well away. But you come back and think, ‘Yeah, this is life, this is football, let’s play’.”

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