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Rafael van der Vaart: Real Madrid world's most impatient club

Rafael van der Vaart speaks to the media after his move to Real Betis.
Rafael van der Vaart speaks to the media after his move to Real Betis.

Rafael van der Vaart says he is proud he spent two years at Real Madrid but described it as "the most impatient club in the world."

Van der Vaart, now back in La Liga with Real Betis, moved to Madrid from Hamburg in August 2008, when Bernd Schuster was coach and Ramon Calderon was club president.

However, Schuster left in December that year and Calderon resigned the following month.

Van der Vaart battled to prove his worth under Juande Ramos and Manuel Pellegrini but moved on to Tottenham in 2010,...

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Real Betis' Rafael van der Vaart: Leaving Tottenham was stupid

ESPN FC's Craig Burley gives his take on Rafael Van der Vaart's declaration that leaving Tottenham was the "most stupid" decision of his career.
After narrowly escaping relegation from the German Bundesliga with Hamburg, Rafael van der Vaart was unveiled by Real Betis marking the Dutch midfielder's second spell in La Liga.

Rafael van der Vaart has said he would have returned to Tottenham this summer had they made an approach, telling the Daily Mirror that leaving White Hart Lane was the "most stupid" decision of his career.

Van der Vaart, 32, joined Real Betis on a three-year deal last month after his contract at Hamburg expired.

The Dutch midfielder had left Spurs to return to the German side, where he excelled between 2005 and 2008, but he failed to live up to expectations as HSV spent the last two seasons battling...