Spurs’ door still open to Serie A star

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Tottenham Hotspur target Mark Van Bommel could still end up at White Hart Lane come the end of the season once his five-month contract at AC Milan expires this summer.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that he could have signed Van Bommel in the January window if he hadn’t ‘dragged his feet’ which delayed the deal and resulted in the former Dutch international moving to the San Siro.

Speaking to the media, Redknapp explained, “I could have taken Van Bommel. That was probably a mistake - perhaps I should have taken him. He would have been a good player for us.

“He gives you experience. He’s been there, he played in the Champions League final last year, and the World Cup final. He’s a proper player for sure. He could be an option in the summer.”


The 33-year-old midfielder has not been put off by the slow progress in contract talks last month and opened the door for renegotiations in the summer.

“We had some contact with Spurs but unfortunately it didn’t work out in the end,” said Van Bommel.

“It’s one of my favourite clubs in England, I really love the stadium and I know the training ground because I’ve been there with the Dutch national team.

“Rafael [van der Vaart] has told me a lot of good stories. I’d love to play for Spurs. I’ve told Rafael that as well.

“I’m pleased with what Harry Redknapp’s said about me – that’s always positive. It’s not good to look back, you’ve got to look to the future. I’m happy at Milan, but you never know what will happen.”

In an ironic twist of fate, the World Cup finalist is set to line-up against his potential future employers in the last 16 of the Champions League when Milan host Tottenham at the San Siro next week.

Spurs fans will get a chance to have a look at what they missed out on in January but will be hoping that Van Bommel’s influence in the middle of the park is temporarily tamed so that their dreams of European success continue some more.

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