Rafael van der Vaart eyes Tottenham Hotspur stay

Van der Vaart eyes Spurs stay
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Rafael van der Vaart insists that he wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Rafael van der Vaart has insisted that he wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, even if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Fourth-placed Spurs are currently in a battle for a top-four finish with Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

However, Van der Vaart admits that he is just happy to be at a club where he can fulfil his ambitions.

"Failing to reach the Champions League wouldn't be a big reason to leave," the Dutchman told the Evening Standard.

"I love to play in Europe, the Europa League too, which is why I was annoyed earlier in the season when I wasn't included in the squad for that competition. The Champions League is great but it's not the most important thing for me.

"I'm not here because it's a good life. I want to get involved in this team and be an important player for many years. I want to achieve something and I'm happy because I feel the club want what I want. I am convinced I can achieve my ambitions here, 100%."

Van der Vaart is expected to feature for Harry Redknapp's side in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.

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