Rafael van der Vaart has insisted that Tottenham will strive to win tonight for Harry Redknapp, as the Spurs manager recovers in hospital from heart surgery.
Tottenham face Rubin Kazan in Russia, and Redknapp hasn’t traveled with the team as he continues to recover. Son Jamie, the former Liverpool midfielder, said today that the Englishman was in good spirits, and is raring to get back into his managerial role as soon as possible.
And as Van der Vaart prepares for the match, he said that while it came as a shock that Redknapp was ill, the squad are hoping to keep up their winning momentum.
“No, we were also totally surprised,” he told Sky Sports News. “I was a little bit scared because it's something that has been in the news and they never told us.
“I hope he will get better and we can keep on winning for him.”
Van der Vaart also said that he would be hoping to keep up his top form, with the Dutchman scoring six goals in his last seven matches.
"Sometimes there's going to be a game that I don't score, but I'm in a good flow," he explained.
"I play for the fans. That's the most important thing. They buy tickets to come to the stadium to see something nice.
"The whole team, not just me loves to play, and loves to play with each other. We want to fight for each other. The top four is our goal."
Tottenham’s summer signings have served the side well, with Spurs bringing in Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker to give the side much more attacking depth. And Van der Vaart says the pair have adjusted to the north London way of life very quickly, and are big assets as the side aim for a Champions League berth.
"[Adebayor's] a great player and a great lad," he said.
"He's working really hard for the team. When he doesn't score it's so important, he gives passes, works, he's quick and he's got good technique.
"Scott Parker at the moment is our best player because it's amazing how he tackles and blocks the ball. It's amazing to watch him."
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