Real announced the capture of the Feyenoord wing-back last night at 8pm, while earlier in the day, Drenthe told AS: "You must understand that for now it is best not to speak. I cannot say anything. I will talk in Madrid."

Indeed, Drenthe is expected in Spain on Sunday for a medical and to sign a five-year contract. The midfielder's fee is £8.5 million - but will rise further based on appearances and success.

Real expect to unveil Drenthe to fans and the local media at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday. Contracts haven't been signed, but Real sports chief Pedja Mijatovic left Holland yesterday afternoon with a firm agreement from Drenthe's agent, Sigi Lens.