Royston Drenthe is back in Spanish football.
Drenthe was the star of the Dutch team that won the U21 European Championship back in 2007, winning the award for the best player at the tournament. He won La Liga with Madrid in 2008, a season in which he also won the Supercopa de Espana.
Racing were founded in 2013, and have hit the ground running in their bid to achieve promotion to Segunda B. The club are currently sitting top of their group, and will hope that Drenthe, who joins from Kozakken Boys, can add another dimension.
Racing have been after a top-drawer player for some time, testing the waters with Samuel Eto’o, Antonio Cassano and Joleon Lescott. Now, they have their man, an intriguing figure who’s enjoyed a dramatic career.
Drenthe began his senior career with Feyenoord before joining Madrid in 2007. Aside from his time in the Spanish capital he’s also represented Hercules, Everton, Alania Vladikavkaz, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Kayseri Erciyesspor, Baniyas, Sparta Rotterdam and Kozakken Boys.