Rafael Van der Vaart says no regrets joining Tottenham amid Arsenal links

Rafael van der Vaart of Spurs celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane on April 29,...

Rafael Van der Vaart became a fan favourite at Tottenham Hotspur.

Dutch player Rafael van der Vaart (L) poses with Danish club FC Midtjylland's Sports Manager Claus Steinlein (R)  during his presentation at MCH Arena in Herning on August 10, 2016.

Former Tottenham Hotspur favourite Rafael Van der Vaart says he has no regrets over moving to White Hart Lane despite talk of a potential switch to rivals Arsenal, speaking to Fourfourtwo magazine.

The Netherlands international playmaker left Real Madrid to join Tottenham under then-manager Harry Redknapp – a deal which many pundits and supporters alike lauded at the time considering his talent.

Van der Vaart went on to become a fans favourite at White Hart Lane, dazzling supporters with several top performances while grabbing a goal in the club’s only win at the Emirates Stadium to date.

Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburger SV vs VfL Wolfsburg in Hamburg, northern Germany, on April 11,...

But it could have been so different for the player, what with Dutch teammate Robin van Persie trying to broker a move to Arsenal rather than Tottenham.

Speaking to Fourfourtwo, Van der Vaart explained how talks with North London rivals Arsenal never materialised and instead joining Spurs was the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I had several conversations with Robin van Persie, my team-mate on the Dutch side, and he had spoken to Arsenal about me a few times, but I never heard anything," Van der Vaart told Fourfourtwo.

"I didn't regret it – joining Spurs was the best thing that happened to me.”

Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham Hotspur warms up at a Tottenham Hotspur training session at the Spurs Lodge on March 8, 2011 in London, England.

The 109-capped Dutch ace spent two seasons at Spurs before leaving the club for German outfit Hamburg, scoring an impressive 24 Premier League goals in 63 appearances.

His arrival coincided with Tottenham’s progression as a top four challenger in the Premier League and having arrived from Real Madrid, it was an indication of the club’s growing reputation as a big club.

Many Tottenham fans have fond memories of the player, and he has his own little piece of history at the club as being part of a first-team XI who recorded the club’s only win at the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium – a 3-2 win on 20 November 2010 as Spurs came back from 2-0 down at half-time.

Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur comes on for Rafael van der Vaart during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on...

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