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Van der Vaart: Tottenham are bigger than Arsenal

After scoring on his home debut for Tottenham Hotspur, Rafael van der Vaart has further endeared himself to his new supporters by claiming he is at the biggest club in north London.

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Van der Vaart joined Spurs from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day and marked his first appearance at White Hart Lane with a converted penalty in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Dutchman is now looking forward to Tuesday's Carling Cup tie against bitter rivals Arsenal and claims that despite an inferior collection of trophies, Spurs are the kings of north London.

"I know Robin van Persie and he told me when we were together in the national team what a big game it is," Van der Vaart said. "But there was no banter over who is the bigger club. Spurs are the bigger club!"

The Dutchman has settled quickly into Harry Redknapp's side and says his rapid acclimatisation is in part thanks to the positive brand of football that Spurs employ, as well as his knowledge of the English language.

"I love it here because we are a team who love to play football," he said. "When you feel at home and know the language it is easier.

"In Spain for the first year I didn't understand anybody, so it was really difficult. Here I can talk with the players and the manager. The only problem is driving on the left-hand side!"


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