Van der Vaart - Harry stay key

Dutch international wants stability at Tottenham

Rafael van der Vaart: Hoping that Harry Redknapp stays at White Hart Lane

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Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes it is vital that manager Harry Redknapp signs a new contract at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp has just one year remaining on his current deal and has reportedly hired Wayne Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, to negotiate an extension.

That could see Stretford at odds with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with the length of contract for the 65-year-old boss a potential stumbling block.

"He is doing a fantastic job, so I don't see any problems."

Rafael van der Vaart on Harry Redknapp

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But Van der Vaart suggested on Tuesday it should be a long-term deal, insisting sustained success was linked to stability.

Asked if it was important that Redknapp signed an extension, the 29-year-old said: "Yeah, I think so. He is doing a fantastic job, so I don't see any problems.

"I think he's going to sign a new contract - I hope so - and I think it's also good for every team when they have a manager who's there for many years. So I hope he stays."

Van der Vaart is currently preparing for Euro 2012 with Holland but has been linked with a move away from the club himself, with Schalke being mentioned as a possible destination.

Asked if there was any chance of him leaving north London, he said: "No, I don't think so. There's always interest. But I'm happy in England and I want to stay.

"In football, you never know, and that's what I wanted to say and nothing more."


Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League but were denied UEFA Champions League qualification after Chelsea snatched their spot by winning this year's competition.

It was quite a fall from grace for Redknapp's men, who were still in the thick of the title race at the turn of the year and looked comfortable for a top-three finish well into February.

Van der Vaart said: "I think we have the squad to be in the top three but, this season, I think we had a run of 10 games without winning.

"At the end of the day, we don't deserve to be in the Champions League."

Rafael van der Vaart

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"At the end of the day, we don't deserve to be in the Champions League."

As a consequence, Van der Vaart is just one of several Tottenham stars to have been linked with moves away this summer.

The forward urged Spurs to strengthen for another assault on the top three next season, starting by signing on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal.

"I hope he stays," Van der Vaart said. "He's really important - not because of his goals, but also his personality's great. It's going to be difficult to keep him but I hope we will."