MAD FOR TOFFEES!
New boy Drenthe turns back on Real
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.
“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)