On-loan Everton signing Royston Drenthe has revealed that he went against Jose Mourinho’s advice by going to Everton, with the Real Madrid manager trying to convince him to head to Portugal instead.
Mourinho has managed in both the English and Portugese leagues, and Drenthe claims that while he was hoping and waiting for a deal from England, Sporting Lisbon were amongst a host of clubs that are available to him.
And after Everton called at the last minute and nutted out a deal with Mourinho for the midfielder to move on loan for a season, Drenthe jumped on the first plane he could to sign the papers.
“Mourinho didn’t want me to come to England," Drenthe recalled.
"He was telling me to go to Portugal, and was telling me about good teams there. But I said I don’t want to. So he said, ‘What, do you expect that Bayern Munich or Arsenal will come for you?"
“I said, ‘I don’t expect that but I want to go somewhere where I feel good – not where you want me to go’.
“He asked me what the solution was, and I said if nobody comes in for me that I want to go to then I will stay here.
“By then my agent had already told me that Everton were interested but I might have to wait for the deadline.
"I knew that and on the 31st it was just like my agent said. He called me and said ‘get the plane there and sign’.
“There had been a deal between the clubs before but then Real Madrid said they didn’t like the deal. Later they called back and said they would do it.”
Drenthe said he doesn’t know why Mourinho wanted him to go to Portugal so much, but he’s enjoying his time a lot more in England than if he were anywhere else.
“It felt like he wanted me to go there because he had interest from clubs like Sporting Lisbon, Braga, Benfica and every one,” Drenthe said.
“My father loves football, my whole family does, and he was saying you have to go to England. Your pace would fit in there.
“Everyone has said the same – England is where you have to be.
“When I was in Spain I didn’t want to hear it, because I was playing there but I know I have the style. I like it and I want to show that to the fans.”
The 24-year-old is poised to make his debut for Everton this weekend, when the Toffees take on Aston Villa on Saturday.