Rafael Van der Vaart left the Tottenham training ground early this morning as he sets off to re-join his former club Hamburg. The 29 year old has been allowed to leave by new boss Andre Villas-Boas in a transfer which is expected to cost around the £9.5 million mark.
He joined Spurs on the 31st of August 2010 in a bargain deal which brought the former Real Madrid player to White Hart Lane for £8 million. Now 2 years on, Van der Vaart is joining the club he left four years ago.
The Dutchman has been replaced by the signings of Mousa Dembele and Gyfli Sigurdsson from Fulham and Hoffenheim respectively in a new-imaged Tottenham Hotspur.
Even though he was a player who put in his all every game, his inability to play a full 90 minutes saw him become the most substituted player last season, coming off the pitch 20 times.
But, his creativity and flair is something which helped propel Tottenham in their debut season in the Champions League two years ago. Helping to overcome the Italian giants of AC and Inter Milan, Van der Vaart’s vision for goals helped Tottenham reach the quarter final stages of the competition, before bowing out against Real Madrid.
Scoring 28 times for the London club and creating a huge total of 142 chances in his two seasons at White Hart Lane, it’s clear that Rafa’a replacements will have a lot of work to do.