Van der Vaart reveals Tottenham frustrations amid new Milan links

Tottenham star Raffael van der Vaart has spoken out against manager Harry Redknapp for playing him out of position in the north-London derby last weekend, promting new rumours linking the player with a move to AC Milan.

Redknapp had a choice of partnering Emmanuel Adebayor with either Jermain Defoe or van der Vaart, both of whom were in form, and decided to play both, with the Dutchman dropped back onto the right of midfield rather than up-front. But talking to the Telegraph, the former Real Madrid man revealed:

“I have definitely had a series of irritations. You want to play in the position where you do best. But if I have to chase after an attacking full-back every time, I can’t play my own game to my best ability.

“Sunday was not the first time I have played out wide and I was given the freedom to move infield. But you could see from the goal I scored that my strength lies in the centre of midfield.

“It proves that I am more dangerous when I am close to the goal than when I play out on the wing. I do what the manager asks me to but I hope this won’t be a regular occurrence.”

The player also revealed his frustration at being substituted too often and too early, adding to his comments earlier in the season stating his surprise at not being included in Tottenham’s Europa League squad.

These comments will add fuel to the rumours coming from Italy that the player could be set for a January move to AC Milan. The Gazzetta dello Sport repeated today reports of such a move, pointing out that on top of these comments, the fact van der Vaart has been surprisingly left out of the European squad by Tottenham means the player would not be cup-tied from European competition if such a move would occur.

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