Tottenham’s Rafael Van der Vaart expects any issues amongst himself and boss Harry Redknapp to have subsided upon his return from international duty. Van der Vaart made a seemingly disrespectful exit after being substitued against West Ham last Saturday, heading down the tunnel to the locker room rather than stay on the bench and watch the remainder of the game.
Van der Vaart has had a mixed season, going through golden and rough patches one after the other, and has been substituted a total of 17 times this season. Substitutions are a part of football, and Van der Vaart’s actions left his manager less than happy.
“If you are part of a team you should stay to watch the rest of the game,” Harry Redknapp said in his post-match interview.
Van der Vaart has played down rumors of a bust up with Redknapp, and told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “I read that Harry Redknapp wanted to talk with me, but I did not see him before I left for Holland. But at Tottenham they cannot be angry with me. I also did the same thing against AC Milan [in the Champions League]. I played well, and did not find the substitution necessary. Often I like to play 90 minutes, but at Spurs that hardly ever happens. I wont be back for 10 days, by then a lot of it will have blown over.”
Van der Vaart, rough patches aside, has been a key player in Tottenham’s league play and fantastic Champions League run. He is a key player for country as well, and will play a central role during their Euro 2012 qualifiers.