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Everton loan signing Drenthe has point to prove

Royston Drenthe is looking to kick-start his career with a loan move to Everton after a frustrating time with Real Madrid. Drenthe moved to the Bernabeu in 2007, but after one season he began to fall from favour as Real brought in a succession of new managers.

"I am really happy I can make this step in my future. I think it is really important for me," said the 24 year old.

"I think Everton is a really good step for me. I have to train hard to get in the team and then I can demonstrate my quality in the games.

"I have something to prove because my time at Real Madrid has ended already. It ended a year ago.

"After this year I am not a Real Madrid player anymore because this is the last year of my contract.

"My first year was the best and nicest time; I learned a lot from players like Fabio Cannavaro, Raul, Michel Salgado, Guti, Robinho, Wesley Sneijder.

"Real Madrid had one of the best teams in the world with a mixture of young and old players and we were better than Barcelona.

"It changed a lot after that because team broke up.

"They changed the trainer (Bernd Schuster), changed the trainer again and again - they change their trainers like candy.

"That is normal at Real Madrid but I learned a lot."

Drenthe said he rejected moves elsewhere after insisting the only place he wanted to play was in the Premier League.

"This is one of the best leagues in the world," he added.

"Spanish football is very good but every year it is the same teams with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"Here is different. You cannot always say which team will be champion.

"When I came back from loan at Hercules I told them the only place I wanted to go was England.

"Real wanted me to go to Benfica or Porto, teams like that, because they were prepared to pay a lot of money but I did not want to go.

"When my agent told me I could sign for Everton I was like 'Thank you God'."

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