World Cup ace turned Liverpool down

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Rafael van der Vaart has claimed Liverpool were interested in signing him this summer but has backtracked on suggestions Bayern Munich also wanted him.

Van der Vaart last week completed a dramatic last-gasp £8million transfer deadline day move to Tottenham from Real Madrid. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had suggested Bayern had bid £18million for the Holland midfielder but this was denied by Madrid, while Van der Vaart said the German club had not made a "concrete" offer.

The 27-year-old now says Bayern were not interested but that Liverpool had wanted to sign him and he told Sky Sports News: "Liverpool were interested, Bayern were never interested, but you have to have a good feeling and this manager gave me a good feeling and I am really happy to be going to Spurs."

Van der Vaart revealed his international team-mates who already played for Barclays Premier League clubs were pressing him to join them in England.

"They were telling me that I should come to England; now I am going to be playing in England and am very proud," he said.

"I am going to be playing against Dirk [Kuyt], Nigel [De Jong], [John] Heitinga, so it's good."

He added: "I will give it my best and hopefully I will play a lot of games and will be important for the team.

"I hope to score goals, make some good passes and give them [the fans] some fun."

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