Tottenham new boy Rafael van der Vaart has declared he is ready to show the quality to rubbish reports he is a Real Madrid failure.
Spurs pulled off the shock signing of the Netherlands international at the end of the summer transfer window. After falling behind Kaka, Sergio Canales and Mesut Oezil in the Madrid pecking order, some quarters have viewed the switch as a sign of defeat.
Speaking to to www.talksport.co.uk, Van der Vaart stated he was ready to prove his worth in the Premier League.
He said: "I have not been a failure at Real Madrid.
"I have always given my best over the last few years for both club and country. Now I have arrived at Tottenham and I want to show my quality.
"A number of clubs have been interested in me, but I always wanted to consider the best option at the last moment.
"When I saw that I would not be playing, I knew I had to leave.
"The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world. I can only say if I have been worth the money at the end of the season."
The 27-year-old added: "I don't think I am going to have any problems adapting in England to the style of play and the country I am living in.
"The fact that Tottenham were playing in the Champions League influenced my decision a great deal. I have to earn my place in the team.
"Tottenham have a number of sensational players and I know it is not going to be easy, but that is the challenge I am looking forward to."