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VDV: Spurs not in for title

Tottenham Hotspur forward Rafael Van der Vaart says the club are not expecting to challenge for the title - despite their recent run of fine form.

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Spurs have not lost in the league since a 5-1 home reverse to Manchester City in August, a sequence that has seen them climb to fifth in the table - but Van der Vaart cannot see the Londoners rising to the summit, given the strength of the two Manchester clubs.

The start of the unbeaten streak coincided with the arrivals of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, and Van der Vaart has hailed the pair, with particular praise reserved for Parker, who he says is currently operating at a higher level than Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.

"The whole team loves to play for each other, loves to fight for each other, and top four is our goal," Van der Vaart told Sky Sports News.

"[Adebayor] is a great player, a great lad and he's working really hard for the team. Also when he doesn't score he passes well - he is quick with a good technique.

"Scott Parker is at the moment maybe our best player. It's amazing to watch him, how he tackles, how he runs."

Spurs are in Europa League action on Thursday at Rubin Kazan, with boss Harry Redknapp set to miss the game as he recovers following a minor heart operation.

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