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Tottenham target van der Vaart staying with Madrid

Rafael van der Vaart has been told he still has a future at Real Madrid crushing the hopes of Tottenham of a possible deal. The departure of fellow Dutchmen Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder last week for Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, respectively, has handed the 26 year old a reprieve.

His lawyer Robert Geerlings admitted it was unexpected to hear Van der Vaart was still wanted at the Bernabeu.

"At the meeting Rafael was urgently requested to stay at Real," he told weekly football magazine Voetbal International.

"The squad has been decreased to 25 players and that made them decide that Rafael doesn't have to leave anymore.

"For us, it was very surprising, and Rafael has decided to fight for his place in Madrid."

Geerlings also claimed that two English clubs made offers for Van der Vaart but he now insists: "It's official, Rafael will stay at Real Madrid."

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