MAD FOR TOF­FEES!

New boy Dren­the turns back on Real

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­STON

EVER­TON loan sign­ing Roys­ton Dren­the is out to kick-start his ca­reer on Mersey­side after ad­mit­ting he is fin­ished with Real Madrid.

And fel­low new ar­rival Denis Strac­qualursi hopes to copy fel­low Ar­gen­tinian Car­los Tevez in adapt­ing to the English game.

The pair were brought in on trans­fer dead­line day as man­ager David Moyes’ only sign­ings of the sum­mer as the Tof­fees’ fi­nan­cial re­stric­tions con­tinue to bite.

But while the Ever­ton boss has not had any money to spend he’s signed play­ers on loan who both have points to prove for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Dren­the was the star as Hol­land Un­der-21s won the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in 2007, se­cur­ing his move to the Bern­abeu. But after one sea­son he be­gan to fall from favour as Real brought in a suc­ces­sion of new man­agers.

Hav­ing spent last term on loan at Her­cules he ar­rives at Good­i­son Park still only 24.

Dren­the said: “I am re­ally happy I can make this step in my fu­ture.

“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 any more 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, Robinho and 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.

Re­jected

“It changed a lot after that be­cause the team broke up.

“They change their train­ers like candy. That is nor­mal at Real Madrid, but I learned a lot.”

Dren­the said he re­jected moves to Por­tu­gal and other clubs 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 cham­pi­ons.”

Strac­qualursi is look­ing to make the step up hav­ing been the top scorer for Ti­gres in the Ar­gen­tinian top flight last sea­son.

The striker, 23, knows the English game is dif­fer­ent to what he is used to but has cho­sen the per­fect role model to learn from.

“Tevez I have watched very closely,” he said. “I saw the way he went about the task at West Ham and the two Manch­ester clubs and I would like to think I can copy that model.

“He is an icon at all those clubs – it is all about dy­ing for the shirt.”

COPY CAT: Strac­qualursi wants

to match hero Tevez (in­set)

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