VDV - Harry just like Jose

Spurs star salutes the managerial skills of Redknapp and Mourinho

Van der Vaart: Impressed by top coaches

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Rafael van der Vaart claims Harry Redknapp shares many of the same coaching qualities as Jose Mourinho.

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The Dutch midfielder has limited experience of life under Mourinho, but was on the books of Real Madrid when the Portuguese tactician arrived in the Spanish capital last summer.

He was on his way to Tottenham shortly after, with competition for players fierce at Santiago Bernabeu.

Since arriving in England, Van der Vaart has revelled in the responsibility given to him by Redknapp.

He has become an integral creative influence for Spurs and has played a key role in the club's run through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, where they will meet Real.

That two-legged contest will pitch Redknapp against Mourinho in European competition and Van der Vaart admits a meeting between two of the best man-managers in the business should produce quite a spectacle.

"I love how Madrid play," the Holland international told AS.


"They are having a very good season. Mourinho is a coach who the players want to play for.

"Redknapp has a similar technique. They are very good, they know how to engage a group. Players want to win for them."

Van der Vaart spent only two seasons in Madrid before moving to White Hart Lane, but believes he made the right choice in turning his back on the Primera Liga giants.

"In the off-season I had much contact with Mourinho and he is an exceptional coach, the best in the world," he added.

"But I wanted to play every game and in Madrid there are many exceptional players. I am 28 years old and to be at a high level I need games.

"Now I am very happy in London with Tottenham. It's a city I like."

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