Drenthe ready to prove himself

BY foxsports • September 6, 2011

And fellow new arrival Denis Stracqualursi hopes to draw inspiration from fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez in adapting to the English game. The pair were brought in by the Toffees on transfer deadline day as manager David Moyes' only signings of the summer as the club's financial restrictions continue to affect development. But while the Everton boss has not had any money to spend he has signed players - albeit on loan - who both have points to prove for different reasons. Drenthe was the stand-out player of the Holland Under-21 side and his performances in that age group's victorious European Championship campaign of 2007 secured 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 Primera Division newcomers Hercules he arrived at Goodison Park in the final nine months of his five-year contract with Madrid still at the relatively young age of 24. "I am really happy I can make this step in my future. I think it is really important for me," said the Dutchman. "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, Michel Salgado, Guti, Robinho, 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 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 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 champion. "When I came back from loan at Hercules I told them the only place I wanted to go was England. "Real wanted me to go to Benfica or Porto, teams like that, because they were prepared to pay a lot of money but I did not want to go. "When my agent told me I could sign for Everton I was like 'Thank you God'." Stracqualursi is looking to make the step up having been the top scorer for Tigres in the Argentinian top flight last season. The striker, 24 this month, knows the English game is vastly different to what he is used to in South America but has chosen the perfect role model to learn from. "I have watched a lot of English football on television," he said. "I have seen the way the likes of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez have settled in and adapted to English football. "Tevez, as a forward, I have watched very closely. 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, sweating for the club, trying really hard to settle in and being ready physically. "Then I have to prove myself to the manager, my team-mates and supporters that I can do it at this level in England."

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