Former Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe spoke about his time spent in the Spanish capital in a recent interview which also included describing some players' lifestyles when they played for Los Blancos, specifically forgotten Brazilian star Robinho.
In an interview with FourFourTwo, Drenthe spoke about everything that he experienced at Real Madrid starting with Robinho, who converted his basement into a disco.
Drenthe said, "I developed a good bond with Robinho soon after I arrived. Sometimes I would go to his house, where he’d converted his basement into a mini-nightclub".
He then went on to speak about his former teammate Guti as he said, "I immediately felt at home. Everyone gave me a warm welcome. Guti was cool with me straight away, and he was the man in Madrid – a legend."
Revealing how he ended up joining Madrid in 2007, Drenthe said, "At the time I heard that 16 clubs were interested in me. I spoke with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Predrag Mijatovic, director of football at Real Madrid. It felt like I met almost every high-ranking official at every club. Most of them offered me a five-year contract with more or less the same conditions. As soon as I heard Real Madrid were interested, my mind was made up."
Finally revealing on the chain of incidents that led to him being sent out on loan when Jose Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid in 2010, Drenthe concluded, "Mourinho told me that I’d be given playing time but in the end, he said Valdano had indicated it would be better for me to go on loan. I mentioned to Valdano what Jose had told me, but the decision was made. I had to be loaned out".