The official website for European football

Madrid confirm Drenthe arrival

Published: Thursday 9 August 2007, 23.44CET
Real Madrid CF have agreed to sign flying Netherlands Under-21 wing-back Royston Drenthe from Feyenoord on a five-year contract and for a reported fee of €14m.

UEFA.com features

Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it
  • Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it
  • Story so far: Real Madrid CF
  • UEFA Champions League round of 16 classics
  • Deciding drama: The best of matchday six
  • Masterclass: Ivan Rakitić free-kick guide
  • Perfect timing: the best of matchday five
  • UEFA Champions League matchday six classics
  • Masterclass: Petr Čech's goalkeeping guide
  • Eastern promise: the best of matchday four
  • Masterclass: Dzagoev on the killer pass
1 of 10
 
 
Published: Thursday 9 August 2007, 23.44CET

Madrid confirm Drenthe arrival

Real Madrid CF have agreed to sign flying Netherlands Under-21 wing-back Royston Drenthe from Feyenoord on a five-year contract and for a reported fee of €14m.

Real Madrid CF announced tonight that they have agreed to sign Dutch wing-back Royston Drenthe from Feyenoord on a five-year contract and for a reported fee of €14m.

Outstanding
If Drenthe's outstanding displays in the Netherlands' recent UEFA European Under-21 Championship triumph are anything to go by, the Spanish champions have found a like-for-like replacement for Roberto Carlos following the Brazilian's move to Fenerbahçe SK. The 20-year-old established himself at Feyenoord last season, adding 26 Eredivisie appearances to the three he had made as a substitute in his debut campaign of 2005/06.

Robben in?
Madrid said Drenthe would undergo a medical in the coming days before being unveiled as the fifth summer signing under new coach Bernd Schuster. The capital club have also brought in FC Porto central defender Pepe for €30m and three players on free transfers - Poland goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, Germany defender Christoph Metzelder and Argentina forward Javier Saviola. Schuster, whose side enter the UEFA Champions League in the group stage, also hopes to finalise a deal for another Dutch player, Chelsea FC winger Arjen Robben.

Last updated: 10/08/07 12.02CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=569424.html#madrid+confirm+drenthe+arrival

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.