Real Madrid’s Drenthe asking not to be picked due to anxietyFebruary 17th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, Feb 17 (DPA) Royston Drenthe has asked not to be picked to play because he is suffering from anxiety, according to Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos.
Ramos told radio station Cadena SER early Monday morning that Drenthe has asked not to be picked for Real’s last three matches, against Numancia, Racing Santander and Sporting Gijon.
The 20-year-old Dutch midfielder has failed to convince since joining Real from Feyenoord in July 2007, and was jeered by many fans in the Estadio Bernabeu after a nervous display Jan 25 in the 1-0 home defeat of Deportivo Coruna.
After that game Drenthe confessed to being “very sad”. He has not played since then.
Ramos told Cadena Ser that “Drenthe has asked not to be picked, because he is suffering from anxiety.”
Ramos added that “He is a young boy and he needs the help and the affection of the people who work with him. As the coach, I am prepared to give him all my support, because he is a player with a lot of potential.”
The new coach finished by saying that “playing in front of 80,000 fans in the Bernabeu is not easy.”
Second-placed Real have won their last eight matches under Ramos, and are now 10 points behind record-breaking leaders Barcelona.
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