White Hart Lane boss rules out move for playmaker.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed speculation linking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart with a move away from North London.
The 28-year-old joined on deadline day last summer for a bargain price of £8million from Real Madrid last summer.
The Holland international settled quickly in English football, starring for Spurs during the first half of the season and scoring 12 goals in 26 Premier League games.
His standards have dipped as the campaign has gone on, with tiring legs having had an adverse effect on his influence at White Hart Lane.
Sources close to the Dutchman’s camp say there is a buy-out clause in his contract. A bid from a Champions League team of around £15million is enough to trigger a move.
It had been rumoured that he could be moved on less than a year after arriving in the Premier League, with Redknapp looking to generate funds for further new recruits.
But Redknapp insists no deal is on the table and Van der Vaart is still very much a part of his plans.
“There’s no truth that we want to part with him,” said Redknapp.
“He’s done great for us although he has tapered off after a hard season.”