Stoke City striker Peter Crouch played with Rafael van der Vaart at Tottenham Hotspur.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has written in The Daily Mail that Rafael van der Vaart would have become a legend at Tottenham Hotspur had he stayed at the North London club longer.

Tottenham signed Van der Vaart from Spanish and European giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 for a transfer fee reported by The Telegraph to be worth £8 million.

The 35-year-old was an instant success at Spurs and became a firm favourite among the White Hart Lane faithful.

According to BBC Sport, the Dutchman scored 15 goals in his first season at Tottenham and 13 during his second campaign.


In the summer of 2012, Hamburg signed Van der Vaart from Tottenham for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £10.3 million.

Crouch played with Van der Vaart at Tottenham for one season before joining Stoke in the summer of 2011.

The former Liverpool striker has spoken highly of Van Der Vaart – who announced his retirement from professional football earlier this month – and believes that the former Netherland international attacking midfielder could have come a legend at Spurs if he had stayed longer at White Hart Lane.


Crouch wrote about Van der Vaart in The Daily Mail: “We only got to play together for one full season before I went to Stoke but, in that time, we created a lot of chances for each other, even more than when I played alongside Jermain Defoe, who was probably my most prolific partner.

“Tottenham really did have the makings of a special team then, with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale also getting up and running, and I know how much Harry Redknapp, our manager, used to simply enjoy watching what Rafa did on the ball. He’d have been a legend if he had stayed longer.”

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