Rafael Van der Vaart has been one of Tottenham Hotspur's biggest positives this season. However, he is unhappy with his treatment at the club after his controversial substitution in the weekend game against West Ham and has hit back at criticism.
With 18 minutes to go, Van der Vaart, in the 0-0 draw against West Ham, was substituted and instead of taking his place on the bench, the Dutchman went straight down the tunnel. The action angered his manager Harry Redknapp who later said, I didn't like that at all. If you are part of a team I think you should stay and watch the game. I will speak to him about it. He is a good lad. I just wanted to make a substitution.
However, Redknapp hasn't met Van der Vaart since as the midfielder returned to his homeland Netherlands for international duty. The former Real Madrid man is unhappy with not being allowed to play 90 minutes and despite feeling that the issue will be blown out of proportion on his return, he said, I read that Harry Redknapp wanted a conversation with me, but I had to return to the Netherlands so I did not see him. Tottenham should not be angry with me. I also did the same thing against AC Milan (in the Champions League).
I played well, and did not find the substitution necessary. Often I like to play 90 minutes, but at Spurs that hardly ever happens. I am away for 10 days. When I return it is likely to have blown over.