Van Nistelrooy sets up Spurs swansong
Published 23:01 11/05/11 By Martin Lipton
Ruud van Nistelrooy last night opened the door to a move to Tottenham, declaring he would love to finish his career in England.
The Dutch striker left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006 after a bust-up with Reds manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Van Nistelrooy plundered 46 goals in 68 games for Real, but at Hamburg this season he has been restricted to only19 Bundesliga outings – finding the net just seven times.
Chelsea’s Didier Drogba is Spurs boss Harry Redknapp’s preferred striking target, but the Holland ace is a tasty cut-price alternative for a club who have been in for him twice before.
Van Nistelrooy, 34, said: “Spain would be great, but in the Premier League I have many good contacts. I will be a free agent this summer, with concrete offers.”
Elsewhere, Spurs face a fight with Inter Milan for Bologna’s 20-year-old Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez, while Redknapp may struggle to keep Sandro after AC Milan targeted the Brazilian as an option if they can’t get Chelsea’s Michael Essien .