It’s all about VDV this morning with several quotes appearing concerning the Dutchman’s displeasure at being played out of position and at being substituted in Sunday’s win over Arsenal.
Last week, Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp claimed that Rafa sometimes asked to come off due to an on-going issue with his hamstrings but that may not be how the player sees it.
“In my opinion he made a mistake in making his comments about my most recent injury,” said VDV.
“He took me off because he did not want to take any risks with me. I can understand that but I am convinced I could have played for 90 minutes.
“I was amazed to be taken off. I felt I’d played a great game. I scored and also three times put team-mates in one-on-ones with Arsenal’s keeper.”
However, speaking in the Sun, Rafa takes his issues with Redknapp much further: “I have definitely had a series of irritations.
“You want to play in the position where you do best. But if I have to chase after an attacking full-back every time, I can’t play my own game to my best ability.
“Sunday was not the first time I have played out wide and I was given the freedom to move infield. But you could see from the goal I scored that my strength lies in the centre of midfield.”
VDV is a big dilemma: Does Harry play him where he wants and build a team round him, bearing in mind his less than perfect injury record?
The issue has been with the club since VDV joined and maybe these latest comments could even hasten a January transfer for the player.