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Van der Vaart hails Redknapp

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Rafael van der Vaart believes Harry Redknapp's relaxed style of management has been instrumental in helping him rediscover his best form.

Van der Vaart has quickly stamped himself as a goalscoring midfielder to be feared since his deadline-day move from Real Madrid to north London in the summer. The 27-year-old Holland international has scored seven times for Spurs already and, after admitting he found football "boring" under new Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, claims Redknapp's more laid-back approach has got the best out of him.

"Harry is a very special man, that's why I already feel at home at Spurs. It feels like I'm back on the street," he was quoted as saying in The Sun.

"There are no long and boring speeches about tactics, like I was used to at Real Madrid.

"There is a clipboard in our dressing room but Harry doesn't write anything on it."

Van der Vaart said that training sessions under Redknapp were also a low-key affair, claiming that their recent successes, such as the memorable win over Champions League holders Inter Milan, were more about about team work than tactics.

"It's not that we do nothing - but it's close to that," he added.

"For instance, last weekend Gareth Bale scored a header against Blackburn from my corner.

"But we didn't train one minute on it, it was pure luck. Good kicking, good heading, nothing more.

"And our win at home over Champions League winners Inter Milan was a clear example of playing on intuition. You can't train the goal I scored in that game."

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