Chelsea might have missed out on signing Royston Drenthe in the past but recent reports suggest we might have another crack at getting his signature in the summer.
Drenthe went to the Bernabeu in August 2007 and although he initially did well at Real Madrid, he didn’t seem to figure too highly in the plans of their ex-manager Bernd Schuster. And whilst new boss, Juande Ramos appears a little keener on the Dutch winger, it would seem the Real faithful don’t necessarily agree. In fact, the 21 year old is getting barracked by the supporters every time he touches the ball.
Drenthe obviously finds this hard to deal with, although says “It’s very hard. Every day when I come home, I think about what is happening to me because I want to give more to Real Madrid. Now I am very sad and I know that these are things of football, I must be strong. I must try to win back the support of the people who now leave me feeling so bad. I am very sad, it is very hard to hear that I am whistled even before I’ve even touched the ball… my family suffers as well. I will not throw in the towel, I will continue to be strong and I do not want to leave Real, I want to triumph here.”
However, despite his apparent bottle, the suggestion seems to be that a summer ‘restructuring programme’ at the Bernabeu could see his departure – and needless to say, with us lacking width and pace on the wings, Drenthe, who can also play at left-back, is considered the perfect solution.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more on this rumour over the coming months.