Rafael van der Vaart puzzled at Harry Redknapp's choice to play him out of position against Arsenal

05 October 2011 01:21
Rafael van der Vaart has raised concerns over his long-term future at Tottenham after questioning Harry Redknapp's decision to play him on the right wing in Sunday's win against Arsenal.

Although Van der Vaart put Spurs ahead, the move later backfired when the Holland playmaker failed to track Alex Song down the flank, allowing the Arsenal player to set up Aaron Ramsey's equaliser.

The former Real Madrid star, who favours playing centrally, said: 'It's not something I am very angry about but have a minor irritation with. You want to play in your preferred position, where you can play to the best of your ability.

Right to reply: Van der Vaart (centre) celebrates his strike against Arsenal

'But when I have to track back, that does not really benefit my game. It was only the first time and I received the freedom to come inside from the manager but you can see from the goal they scored that my strength is in the centre. I'll do what the coach asks but I am assuming this will not happen regularly.'

Van der Vaart, who has only recently returned from a hamstring injury, was replaced in the 64th minute.

He added: 'I understand the manager's decision in the sense that he does not want to take any risks but I'm sure I can play 90 minutes.'

The Dutchman's comments will alert Europe's elite who have monitored his form over the past 18 months. AC Milan are among his admirers.

Tottenham are trying to pip  Everton to the signature of  young Bradford City midfielder George Green, 15. Everton had agreed a ?280,000 fee rising to ?2m, but Spurs are believed to have offered more.

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Source: Daily_Mail