Van der Vaart reveals Metgod factor

29 October 2010 10:08
Rafael van der Vaart has revealed Johnny Metgod helped persuade him to join Tottenham, who the Dutch playmaker says is "a club of the people".

The Holland playmaker completed a deadline day switch to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid in the summer.

And Van der Vaart has made a fine impact since the deal, scoring five goals for Spurs and netting in each of his four appearances at White Hart Lane.

The 27-year-old spoke with former Nottingham Forest and Tottenham midfielder Metgod before sealing his move to North London.

He told the Hotspur magazine: "I knew all about Tottenham as a child in Holland.

"I have always been aware of the wonderful players here like Jurgen Klinsmann and Glenn Hoddle while Johnny Metgod, a great friend of mine who scouts for the national team at home, told me that this would be a great club to join."

He added: "Speaking to people in London, even before I had played a game, they told me that they love Spurs because the club has always sought to produce and provide entertaining football and that I would do well here.

"That was so encouraging to hear because it confirmed the good feeling that I felt in my stomach when I first knew I was coming here.

"True, I left Spain in some haste but that's football and if you're convinced that your destination is a good one then you travel with greater confidence and with a spirit of anticipation. To me, it is a club of the people and I like that.

"People here play from the heart."

Source: Team_Talk