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Van der Vaart ready for 'war'

Rafael van der Vaart has reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham, with the Dutchman keen to be involved in a title battle under Andre Villas-Boas.

Netherlands international Van der Vaart had been linked with a return to former club Hamburg, but they baulked at the reported asking price. That would appear to suit the forward who has had to live with repeated transfer speculation and he is eager to help Villas-Boas build on the club's promise.

He said: "My place is at Spurs, I want to win the title with this club. Each summer my name appears in the transfer market. The race for the top four will be a total war from the very first day."

Van der Vaart is excited about life under Villas-Boas at Spurs. He said: "The new coach has good plans for me and this is important. I have heard excellent reports about AVB.

"We have very good attacking and if AVB imposes an offensive system the team could be a real spectacle."

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