Van der Vaart not relishing wing role

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Rafael van der Vaart hopes he will not be asked to play on the wing regularly

Van der Vaart insists he will continue to play anywhere for the side but has made his feelings quite clear about Redknapp’s current strategy.

“I have definitely had a series of irritations. You want to play in the position where you do best,” he said in The Sun.

“But if I have to chase after an attacking full-back every time, I can’t play my own game to my best ability.

“Sunday was not the first time I have played out wide and I was given the freedom to move infield. But you could see from the goal I scored that my strength lies in the centre of midfield.

“It proves that I am more dangerous when I am close to the goal than when I play out on the wing. I do what the manager asks me to but I hope this won’t be a regular occurrence.”

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  1. I guess the tabloids did a great job of confirming their cheap reputation, as this piece is (purposely?) poorly translated from Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad just to stir up another 'controversy'.

    Compare
    "I have definitely had a series of irritations" (as seen here)
    —-with—-
    ".. but I've had some minor irritations, yes" (original)
    ("..maar kleine irritaties heb ik wel gehad ja" source: http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1049/Oranje/article/detail

    Also, on his wing-role:
    "Sunday was NOT the first time I have played out wide and I was given the freedom to move infield. But you could see from the goal I scored that my strength lies in the centre of midfield." (as seen here)
    —-or—-
    "Van der Vaart did not complain to Redknapp about it. 'Sunday was only the first time – and besides I was given the freedom to move into the centre of the pitch often', says the midfielder. 'But you could see from that goal that my strength lies in the centre of midfield. I do what the manager asks me to, but I assume it (i.e. winger-role) won't be a regular occurance.' (source: AD)

    Anyway, the original interview is much lighter and realistic than what we read here from an allegedly disgruntled VDV. Sure he admits he would be happier playing a centre role, but what would you expect from a C(A)M?

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