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Rafael van der Vaart recently took part in a Q&A session with FourFourTwo and opened up about links with Arsenal when he was still at Real Madrid.
While Van der Vaart vehemently insists that he’s not upset a move to Arsenal never actually came about when he was at Real Madrid, the 35-year-old has explained that the links stemmed from ‘several conversations’ he had with Dutch teammate Robin van Persie in training.
“Yeah, [moving to Arsenal], did get mentioned,” he said.
“I had several conversations with Robin van Persie, my teammate with the Dutch side, and he had spoken to Arsenal about me a few times, but I never heard anything.
“I did not regret it – joining Spurs was the best thing that happened to me.”
The midfielder was at Madrid from 2008-2010 before he joined Spurs, where he stayed for two years. While there, he managed to net four goals in four games against Arsenal, which was a little annoying. You can understand why Spurs fans absolutely adored him.