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Will Rafa Be Part Of The AVB Tactical Revolution?

A big name often forgotten at White Hart Lane could be about to pack his bags if the rumours are to be believed.

According to Italian website tuttomercatoweb Lokomotiv Moscow are looking to make Rafael Van Der Vaart their midfield maestro as it seems Wolfsburg escapee Diego wants warmer climates for his next destination.

When Arry swooped in for Rafa as a deadline day signing for a measly £8 million everyone fell over themselves to congratulate Spurs on grabbing a world class midfielder. His impact was superb scoring 4 goals in his opening 6 games and grabbing an assist in the Champions League.

Injury halted his form slightly after that but he is a strong favourite of the fans and shares a record of scoring in 5 consecutive matches with legends Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Keane. So why on earth would Daniel Levy be looking to sell?

Right now with AVB coming in along with Premier League golden boy Gylfi Sigurdsson, it seems as though Spurs are undergoing a makeover. A fresh look is needed as Champions League football was missed out on for a second time in a row and it looks as though Levy is taking drastic action if this rumours is to be believed.

It may also be a good time to sell Van der Vaart as he isn’t getting much younger and Levy would like to make at least some money back on his initial investment. Lokomotiv Moscow will pay for a man that can certainly help them strive for silverware in Russia and with the likes of Dzagoev and Arshavin plying their trade to good effect out there he can make the Russian league more attractive to watch helping raise the profile of Russian football.

The Metro have also reported that Van der Vaart’s old club Hamburg would be interested if he became available after Rafa recently said “I am happy and I am surprised myself how much I still love Hamburg” in German newspaper Bild. Rafa’s already spent a few successful years in Germany where his wife works making it a possibility also.

It would certainly be a shame to see Rafa leave the Premiership as I have personally grown quite fond of him. He was never a player I thought would come to England so was excited when he did and always gives a lot in regards to passion and work rate even if his fitness gets the better of him sometimes.

I know many Spurs fans would want him to stay but he is a player that yearns for first team football and with Sigurdsson now in the team he may find it hard to be guaranteed a first team slot like when Redknapp was in charge.

Considering all the noise coming from Rafa and from Spurs I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rafa on his way this summer. Whether it’s to Russia, back to familiar Germany or even to another Premier League club – though I doubt the Spurs hardcore would like that – it remains to be seen.

Whatever happens to Rafa I wish him the best of luck as it’s been a pleasure watching him play.

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