Despite playing for European powerhouse Real Madrid and Historic Dutch Club Ajax, retiring Dutch legend Van Der Vaart says his best days were with London Club Spurs.
The 109 Capped Dutch playmaker did acknowledge that is was a dream to play for Real Madrid.
Van der Vaart played for Spurs from 2010-12, scoring 28 goals in 77 appearances in a Spurs shirt.
The 2010 World Cup finalists with Nertherlands also played for clubs like Real Madrid, Ajax, Hamburg and Real Betis, but Van der Vaart says his best times were in London
“That was my two very best years, two years of top performance, many competitions,” Van der Vaart said, according to NOS.
“I played in a great team with fantastic players, like (Gareth) Bale and (Luka) Modric, which was a pleasure.”- Van Der Vaart
The Dutch midfielder says his decision to retire comes as a result of a number of small injuries that have taken their toll.
Van der Vaart was recently under contract with Danish side Esbjerg fB but, after feeling a calf injury in training on Thursday, decided to call it a career.
Van der Vaart also spoke with a combination of regret and pride with regards to his time with the national team.
Van Der Vaart was part of the dutch team that lost the 2010 World Cup final to spain.
The team’s 1-0 loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final is still a moment that haunts him all these years later.
“That was the highlight in my career, but at the same time the low point,” he said.
“If you think about it as a child that you can play a World Cup finals … We were so terribly close”
“Those fans were really fantastic, and that’s not a joke. They were there for so many of the big tournaments, you will not forget that”
“Not giving those people a World Cup is the only blotch on my international career.”- Van Der Vaart