Rafael van der Vaart admits Edgar Davids convinced him about moving to Tottenham.
Van der Vaart was a revelation at Spurs last season.
"I had some contact with Edgar, who had also played for Spurs, and he told me it was a great club and the people are good," Van der Vaart told the Spurs website.
"He also said the league would fit me well.
"It wasn't easy to leave Real Madrid because I had a great life there.
"They are the biggest club in the world so I was quite happy but when Spurs came in I spoke with the manager and the chairman, fell in love with the club and wanted to join Tottenham."