Ex-Spurs star Van der Vaart takes gran to unveiling

Rafael van der Vaart was happy in Sevilla. Credit: PA

Rafael van der Vaart is happy to be back in Spain after signing for Andalusian side Real Betis.

The Holland midfielder has penned a three-year deal with Betis, who will be playing in the Primera Division again next season after winning the second division title.

The 32-year-old, who has spent the last three years with Hamburg, has described it as a "dream move" for him back to Spain, where he played for Real Madrid for two seasons before joining Tottenham in 2010.

He said on his new club's official website: "I'm very happy to come here. It's a great club and I really can't wait to start.

"For me it is a dream move because my family lives in Chiclana, which is very close by, and I like playing in Spanish football."

Van der Vaart's mother is from Chiclana de la Frontera, a town just 78 miles form Seville, where Betis are based with the former Spurs man being joined by his grandmother at his unveiling.

The Dutchman scored four goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg in the 2014/15 campaign and is confident he can play his part in helping Betis enjoy a good season back in Spain's top flight.

"I always give 100 per cent when I play," he said."I want to win and score goals, besides giving assists.

"This (Benito Villamarin) stadium is always full and that's why I really want to win many games.

"I have a lot of experience.

"We have to enjoy this experience because football is the best job in the world."