Rafael van der Vaart has played down reports linking him with a return to Hamburg, this summer, as “just gossip”, the playmaker insisting that he is thoroughly enjoying his time in the Premier League.
The Dutchman has been a revelation at Spurs, since his arrival in 2010, but rumours had begun to surface since Euro 2012 that the midfielder could be tempted to rejoin his old club in Germany.
While Hamburg coach, Thorstan Fink, went public to admit his interest in welcoming back van der Vaart to the club, Spurs have been strong in their view that the Dutchman is not for sale.
New Tottenham manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has made it clear that van der Vaart is crucial to his new plans for the team, which has seemingly convinced the 29-year old to stay in London.
"It's kind of incredible how my name has been mentioned across Europe in the last few days. But I just want to say that this is just gossip talking.
"I am about to play for Tottenham Hotspur in the new season. I have had two good campaigns in England and I am enjoying it.
"It's amazing the people of Hamburg and Hamburger SV still hold me in such kind regard. I enjoy this; it gives me a big boost."
After narrowly missing out on Champions League football, last season, van der Vaart will be integral to the club’s plans to get themselves back into European football’s top competition.
Not many clubs can boast a player of van der Vaart’s quality or experience, and Spurs will do everything they can to make sure the Dutchman does not join Luka Modric in looking to leave White Hart Lane.