Sparta Rotterdam have handed former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe a contract after a successful trial period at the Eerste Divisie club.
Sparta, who were relegated from the Eredivisie last season, had offered Drenthe a trial and have been impressed with the 31-year-old’s form.
“In the two weeks that Royston has been with us, he has proven himself to be very useful,” said Henk van Stee, Sparta’s director of football. “He is in form, very motivated and he hasn’t forgotten how to play football.”
Drenthe: "I have rediscovered my love for football quickly at Sparta"
Drenthe’s career took a downward spiral after his move to Madrid from Feyenoord in 2007, taking him from the Premier League to the English Championship via Russia and Turkey before he eventually decided to retire from the game after a brief stint in the UAE.
Declaring himself tired of football, Drenthe embarked on a career as a rapper under the name of Roya2Faces but has now returned to football and stated that he is now fully focused on his new club. “Over the last few years I wasn’t enjoying playing but I have rediscovered my love for football quickly at Sparta. I’m very grateful to the club for this opportunity and I hope I can help us to get promoted,” Drenthe said.