As the transfer window enters its final nine days of activity before closing on August 31, Real Madrid are understood to have concerns over Royston Drenthe’s intentions.
One of a number of players deemed surplus to requirements, the Dutch attacking full-back has been training separately from the first team and did not travel with the squad for their pre-season tour of the US, Europe and China.
Whilst impressing on the pitch last term at Hercules, his behaviour away from it stirred controversy, notably when he took unsanctioned strike action claiming he had not been paid his wages. Topical in light of recent events, his teammates, the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) and both Hercules and Real Madrid condemned his attitude, and he duly returned to training, and the wrath of the fans.
However, where Sergio Canales has already secured a loan deal, Lassana Diarra is understood to be close to a return to the Premier League and Pedro Leon has options, Drenthe’s tactics are drawing attention. He has already turned down a move to Benfica and is believed to be harbouring a return to Feyenoord, who cannot afford both his wage demands and the transfer fee.
As a result, Drenthe is reportedly happy to test Real’s resolve by waiting until August 31, either for them to reduce their asking price, or to release the player on a free, so he can represent a more affordable option for other teams. With just one year left on his contract and free to negotiate with other clubs from January, Real might take up the option just to save on his €2.5m salary.
This summer saw Drenthe return to the Netherlands to publicise the release of his first rap music video.