When you mention the name Rafael van der Vaart to a Tottenham fan the memories always come flooding back. The Dutchman only spent two seasons with the club in between spells at Real Madrid and Hamburg but he left his mark in North London. Yesterday saw the ex-Lilywhite announce his retirement and Tottenham fans everywhere have been calling for him to come back as a coach.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 5 November 2018
At the age of 35, it’s no real surprise to see that van der Vaart is hanging up his boots. The Dutchman has brought the curtain down on what was a stellar career in which he’s played for some of Europe’s top clubs and made an incredible 109 appearances for his country, scoring 25 times. Now, though, it looks like he’ll be taking the next steps in football and Tottenham fans everywhere would love to see him return to the club as a coach in the future.
For a lot of Tottenham fans, the team that van der Vaart played in at the club alongside Jermain Defoe, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale gave them a lot of memories. The club’s Champions League campaign in the 2010/11 season still gets fans talking today and the Dutchman was key to that, with his goals against FC Twente and Inter in the group stages helping to showcase Tottenham as a club that has the capabilities to compete in Europe.
You can read The Lilywhites’ calls for a Rafa van der Vaart return here:
Offer him a coaching role tomorrow morning first thing
— LP (@thfclp) 5 November 2018
So wish he'd stayed longer. #COYS
— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) November 5, 2018
One of the greatest players to ever wear our shirt
— Richard Redman (@Rich_Redman) November 5, 2018
Get him on the coaching staff pronto
— sir Gareth of Davies (@garethd223) November 5, 2018
Every now and again players come along that just get it #COYS
— Pete Edwards (@K1ngmonkey) November 5, 2018
Broke my heart to see this genius leave. Get him in a coaching job!
— MPoll75 (@Marv75Pollard) November 5, 2018
— Taz Siddiqui (@FishInDistress) November 6, 2018
Tottenham fans will always remember Rafa VDV’s time at the club fondly and will hope he can make a swift return to North London in some capacity.