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