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Drenthe: "This is my home"

18 July 2013

Royston aims to showcase his skills

Royston's Exclusive first interview with the club will be available shortly on Reading FC Player

Royston Drenthe believes the best is yet to come in his career, as the Dutch international looks to hit the ground running with the Royals.

After coming through the youth ranks of Feyenoord, the left sided winger burst onto the international scene at the 2007 UEFA European Under 21 Championships, and was named as the tournament’s ‘Golden Player’ as he helped the Netherlands to a 4-1 final win over Serbia. His outstanding form throughout that summer attracted interest from the highest echelons of world football, eventually resulting in a move to Real Madrid worth a reported 14 million euros. However, after experiencing life at the top level in both Russia and England in recent seasons – the 26-year-old wants to settle down and make his mark at Madejski Stadium.

“Every day when I wake up I always think ‘it’s not enough yet’,” said Drenthe.

“I can be better than I am and I have to show it every day. I hope in Reading I can prove myself again and be a better football player. Hopefully we can be successful as a team and that’s what I hope for. I want to show my skills on the beautiful pitch at Madejski Stadium and be important for the club.”

Life at the Bernabeau is something that not many professionals get to experience, and whilst Rosyton admits he learned a lot during his time in Spain – its his successful loan spell with Everton that gives him great hope for his time at Reading.

“The moment you play for Real Madrid, that’s the only time you can explain how big it is. I’ll never forget the things I learnt there from people like Gabriel Heinze, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti - I’ll never forget that, I took that with me. But now I’m 26 years old and a very happy player of Reading. I always say to everybody, English football is the most beautiful football I ever saw. I think it’s perfect for my style. This is my home I think! The moment I signed I was so happy, I had my friends and my nephews on the phone and I told them how excited I was." 

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