Andre Villas-Boas has made it his priority to keep Rafael van der Vaart at Tottenham.
The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with a return to Hamburg with Schalke also keen, but AVB is determined to keep him at the Lane.
Rafa has admitted previously of how much he enjoyed his time in Germany but the new Spurs boss has big plans for the player.
AVB told the Daily Star on Sunday: “At the moment I am absolutely counting on him. I want him here. I have plans for him.
“He’s in a totally different situation to Luka who has been chased by different clubs in the last two seasons.
“We have to make sure the club’s interests are met. If Luka stays, he adds to the squad but it’s extremely difficult because we understand the player’s interest to move on.”
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