Spurs players were back in training last week and it seems that Rafael van der Vaart has had the most to say ahead of the new season.
The Dutch international is enjoying his first pre-season at Spurs Lodge and is relishing the task ahead and meanwhile he has given some hope to Spurs fans who regarded him as too injury-prone last term,
“We have a tough pre-season, we go to South Africa and you want to stay fit for the whole season, so you need these sessions,” VDV said.
“I can remember when I came here, okay, I had pre-season at Madrid and I felt quite fit but here, the pace of the game is more intense than in Spain and that’s why I had a few little injuries.
“At the end I played a lot of games and I hope to do the same next season.”
Many fans felt that Rafa disrupted the shape of the team and was difficult to accommodate in the side. Certainly his injuries didn’t help but a clean bill of health would certainly make a difference next year. Meanwhile, VDV at least is happy at the club.
“In the first year you come into the club and you don’t really know anyone, you are a little nervous and you have to get used to the league, the lifestyle, but now we’re really settled and I feel great here,” he added.