ROYSTON DRENTHE had to defy Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho to seal his loan switch to Everton, the Dutch winger has revealed.
The 24-year-old midfielder claims he was pressured by the ex Chelsea manager to go on loan to Portugal, where Benfica and Porto were interested, but held firm because he was so desperate to play in the Premier League.
Drenthe had fallen foul of Mourinho after he went on strike while on loan from Madrid at La Liga minnows Hercules last season.
And Everton’s new signing says the out-spoken Portuguese made it clear he had no future at the Bernabeu as a result.
He said: “He told me face to face that the reason he wasn’t giving me a chance was because I didn’t respect Real Madrid or my family or myself.
“But I asked him ‘What’s the reason?’ ‘You don’t know what the situation was like?’ He was in a good situation, but I felt I had to do that for myself, and my family or it would just get worse.
“He said that because I was a Real Madrid player I should have decided differently.
“He said I had been in his plans for the team, and told me if I hadn’t done that at Hercules he would have got me into the team.
“I didn’t go to training because they weren’t paying me.
“Two months before it all happened I scored twice (for Hercules) and went to the game for Real Madrid against Tottenham, and I was speaking with Mourinho in the dressing room and he told me “If you carry on like that you will get back into the team for us.” It was all happy.
“Then after a month they didn’t pay me again. A new trainer was coming called Miroslav Djukic and he was very direct with me. With all respect I told him, ‘You can’t just come in and talk to me like that. It’s not good. I don’t like your style but if you don’t like mine, talk to me, maybe I’ll change it.’
“If I did something wrong he’d be directly on me.”
Drenthe, who hopes to kick-start his fledgling Holland career while at Goodison, says he even had to feed some of Hercules young players while they were not getting paid by the club.
“I can tell you that some players at Hercules had to eat at my home, because they weren’t getting enough money to eat,” he said.
“It was difficult. Not every player was coming from Real Madrid. David Trezeguet was there with me, and he has everything already.
“I am a young boy but I had played for Real Madrid, and I had my little thing there if I had to survive, but not everyone had that.
“The club just said, they couldn’t pay us what they didn’t have.
“I said “OK, I’ll go on December for vacation but if things aren’t good after that I’m not coming back”. I did that, and from there started the problems.”
Drenthe was lambasted in the Spanish media for making a stand, and says he eventually had to take Real to court to get paid.
“It was a decision by me and my agent. In the end when I went back to Real I had to get a lawyer and go to court for them to pay my money,” he said.
“I had to fight Madrid to get my money back. They said, ‘If you want your money, go to Benfica or some other club and you’ll get your money’. But I don’t need the money. It was my money and that’s why I fought for it, but they can’t tell me they’d only give it to me when I moved.
“The court case was settled, I won, and then the money was in my account within an hour.
“They were just playing with things to get me to leave and join another club. Finally I’m really happy I can be a part of Everton.
“It’s a relief.”