Redknapp tells van der Vaart to concentrate on playing football

Following the comments of Rafael van der Vaart this week, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told the Dutchman to concentrate on his football.

Van der Vaart had been frustrated at being played on the right-hand-side of midfield against Arsenal, rather than in a more central role, and reiterated his disappointment at being substituted early again.

But Redknapp, talking in The Sun, admits there is an issue with playing the former Real Madrid man on the right: “Rafa can’t run back and chase the full-back. Against the better teams it is a problem. Rafa’s best position is in the middle, playing just behind the front man. The only problem is that Jermain Defoe plays there too and Jermain is playing very, very well at the moment.

“So, I guess I have got a decision to make, haven’t I? I suppose it’s now between Rafa and Jermain over who plays in the team. Rafa is a terrific footballer. He has great skill. But if you’re in the team and asked to do a job, really, you should just do it.”

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