Rafael van der Vaart has named his best XI of former team-mates.
Rafael Van der Vaart at Tottenham Hotspur
Former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has offered an XI of his best team-mates to Sky Sports – but there was no place for Gareth Bale.
Van der Vaart, now 33, is currently playing in Denmark with FC Midtjylland having left La Liga side Real Betis over the summer, and he's now had a look back on his career.
The attacking midfielder turned out for some of the biggest clubs around, as he played for Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst he also racked up 109 caps for the Netherlands national team.
On Friday, the Dutchman offered a team of the best players he has played with to Sky Sports – but only one of his former Tottenham team-mates made the XI.
Luka Modric (L) in action for Tottenham Hotspur
Van der Vaart went with former Netherlands team-mate Edwin van der Sar in goal, whilst Real Madrid ace Sergio Ramos, Dutch hero Jaap Stam, and his former Ajax team-mates Christian Chivu and Maxwell made up the back four.
Luka Modric was the only former Spurs team-mate to make it into the team, forming a three-man midfield with Real Madrid icon Guti and then Van der Vaart himself.
“I played with him at Tottenham and at the time, we had one of the best teams in Europe,” said Van der Vaart of Modric. “He was playing behind me and it was so easy to play football because he was a player who knew how to play between the lines. He always tried to find me with the outside of his foot. We had some great games together and he is one of my favourite midfielders. When he left for Madrid he asked me how it is, and I said it is very difficult. But when you look at him now I think he is the most important player at Madrid,” he added.
Rafael van der Vaart
Up top, Van der Vaart went with Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo either side of Patrick Kluivert in the traditional Dutch 4-3-3 system, though noted that Peter Crouch almost made the cut.
That means that the likes of Ledley King, Jermain Defoe and, most notably, Gareth Bale didn't make Van Der Vaart's team, arguably showing just what a great career the midfielder has enjoyed.
Do you think Bale should have been in Van der Vaart's XI?