Former Spur Johnny Metgod played a big part in encouraging Rafael van der Vaart to move to Tottenham.
Van der Vaart has made a superb start to life at Spurs, scoring five goals and Metgod gave his fellow Dutchman a glowing reference about the club.
He told the Hotspur magazine: “I knew all about Tottenham as a child in Holland.
“I have always been aware of the wonderful players here like Jurgen Klinsmann and Glenn Hoddle while Johnny Metgod, a great friend of mine who scouts for the national team at home, told me that this would be a great club to join.”
He continued: “Speaking to people in London, even before I had played a game, they told me that they love Spurs because the club has always sought to produce and provide entertaining football and that I would do well here.
“That was so encouraging to hear because it confirmed the good feeling that I felt in my stomach when I first knew I was coming here.
“True, I left Spain in some haste but that’s football and if you’re convinced that your destination is a good one then you travel with greater confidence and with a spirit of anticipation. To me, it is a club of the people and I like that.
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