The Hamburg midfielder spent two successful season at White Hart Lane, impressing under Harry Redknapp and becoming a firm favourite with the fans in North London, before moving back to former club Hamburg when Andre Villas-Boas took over.
Now 31, van der Vaart is still starring in the Bundesliga and will almost certainly be a part of Holland's World Cup squad that will travel to Brazil this summer, and he will subsequently be coached by Louis van Gaal - who has been strongly linked with the managerial role at Spurs.
Van Gaal, 62, is believed to be Daniel Levy's #1 target at the end of the season as he looks to replace Tim Sherwood, who took over when Villas-Boas lost his job in December. Whilst he's doing a decent job, he still looks tactically raw at times, and it seems Levy is looking for somebody more experienced, which makes van Gaal an outstanding candidate.
Known for his spells in charge of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich, van Gaal has a wealth of experience at some of Europe's biggest clubs, and van der Vaart believes he would be a great choice to take the White Hart Lane hot seat once the World Cup finishes.
“He would be great at Tottenham, and not just for him but for Tottenham as well,” Van der Vaart said. “He’s a great manager. He knows how to win big games and how to talk to a team.
“It’s something special when every training session is 100 per cent, and he knows so much about football. You see it in his meetings and how he talks to his players.”
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli was also believed to be in the running for the job, but it's been reported that van Gaal is the primary choice to replace Sherwood, whose inexperience could cost him at the end of the season.
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