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Drenthe ready to prove his point

Everton loan signing Royston Drenthe is looking to kick-start his career at the club after admitting he is finished with Real Madrid.

Having spent last term on loan at Primera Division newcomers Hercules he arrived at Goodison Park in the final nine months of his five-year contract with Madrid still at the relatively young age of 24.

"I am really happy I can make this step in my future. I think it is really important for me," said the Dutchman.

"I think Everton is a really good step for me. I have to train hard to get in the team and then I can demonstrate my quality in the games. I have something to prove because my time at Real Madrid has ended already. It ended a year ago.

"After this year I am not a Real Madrid player any more because this is the last year of my contract.

"This is one of the best leagues in the world," he added. "Real wanted me to go to Benfica or Porto, teams like that, because they were prepared to pay a lot of money but I did not want to go.

"When my agent told me I could sign for Everton I was like 'Thank you God'."

And fellow loan signing Denis Stracqualursi is hoping to draw inspiration from fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez as he looks to make the step up having been the top scorer for Tigres in the Argentinian top flight last season.

"I have watched a lot of English football on television," the striker, 24 this month, said. "Tevez, as a forward, I have watched very closely. I saw the way he went about the task at West Ham and the two Manchester clubs and I would like to think I can copy that model.

"He is an icon at all those clubs. It is all about dying for the shirt, sweating for the club, trying really hard to settle in and being ready physically. Then I have to prove myself to the manager, my team-mates and supporters that I can do it at this level in England."

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