Tottenham star van der Vaart delighted with Real Madrid draw

Spurs forward Rafael van der Vaart has spoken of his happiness at Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-final draw against Real Madrid today.

Van der Vaart joined Spurs from the Spanish giants in the Summer for £8m, after having made 58 appearances for Real Madrid between 2008-10.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I was happy when the draw was made. I had hoped this would happen because it will be fantastic to go back to Madrid.

“I have a lot of friends there and it will be great to see them all. It’s a big game, first leg away which is good for us, so I’m happy.

“For me, it’s the biggest club in the world. Of course Barcelona are the best team in the world at this moment but you can feel the history and how big the club is when you arrive at the stadium.

“The Bernabeu is fantastic. It’s a great pitch, the stadium holds 90,000 and it’s a fantastic feeling to play there. I played there for two years and had a great time there, so it’s a dream to be going back.”

Spurs play the first-leg away at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday 5th April.

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