Italian sources have in recent weeks suggested that Rafael Van der Vaart, the Dutch Tottenham playmaker, has been closely followed by Manchester City – primarily by Roberto Mancini.
But the 28 year old has stepped forward and prefers to stay focused on the commitment this evening against Milan:
“It’s always a great pleasure to be likened to a club as important as the City, have a fantastic project, it would be the best. But I’m not one to only think only about money.
“I’m happy if people appreciate me as a person as well as a footballer. I try to be open and available to everyone, because my parents taught me to be so. I try to behave like a normal person.
I’m at home watching football on TV, sometimes I play tennis, go out like everyone else. I do not really like going to the party: I am a footballer, not a star. Madrid is a fantastic place, a club among the strongest in the world. But sometimes you need to know to choose, and then there the environment is complicated.
We were so many, I Wesley, Robben, not have the space you thought . If for me in London began a second life? ‘a fresh start. This season the league is more varied, there are only Real and Barca, here you are fighting harder to win points. The Spurs are a team that plays a good football and has many great players.
If we play together a few years we can become a great team. The competition with Milan? ‘a very open game, but we have beaten Inter and also we know we can beat AC Milan. And then the return in house gives us a great advantage. I think everyone should fear coming to play at White Hart Lane. “
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