Royston Drenthe has revealed that 16 clubs tried to sign him from Feyenoord before he ultimately chose Real Madrid.

In 2007, Drenthe was sought after by a number of top clubs after impressing for Feyenoord and Netherlands at the U21 European Championships.

Speaking to Marca, Drenthe said, “There were 16 clubs after me. I spoke with Joan Laporta, President of Barcelona, ​​and with Pedja Mijatovic, Real Madrid’s technical director.

“Almost all clubs offered me more or less the same, but when I heard that Real Madrid wanted me, my decision was made. I immediately felt at home. The club gave me a warm welcome. Guti was very good to me, he was a Madrid legend. ”

Drenthe made 65 appearances for Real Madrid but was then shipped out on loan to Hercules and then Everton, “The problems started with José Mourinho, he forced me to leave Real Madrid. On the final day of the transfer window, he called me and told me to leave. I had less than 24 hours to find a new club. The management had decided that Marcelo should play. There was no reason to get me out of the team, but the club probably had more confidence in Marcelo.”

The 32-year-old is now playing for Dutch amateur side Kozakken Boys.

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