Tercera Division Dutchman was presented on Thursday
Royston Drenthe has returned to Spain, nine years after he left Real Madrid, to join Racing Murcia, but he did not look in great physical condition as he took part in his first training session with the Tercera Division side.
After a spell with Kozakken Boys in the third tier of Dutch football, he has signed a deal until the end of the season with Racing Murcia and was presented on Thursday.
Presented alongside former Real Madrid and Levante forward Edwin Congo, who works for Racing Murcia as an international scout, he spoke of his excitement at the move.
“At first it was a bit difficult to come – my kids were sad – but I’m excited to start and do good things,” Drenthe said, alongside the club’s president Morris Pagniello.
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In his first training session after that presentation, Drenthe looked to be overweight, having not played top-flight football since he left Sparta Rotterdam in 2019.
Before that move, he has taken a two-year break from the game and dedicated his time to starting a career as a rapper.
Now, Drenthe returns to the country where he was at his footballing best and will hope to push Racing Murcia to promotion as they lead their group in Tercera Division.