Hercules winger Royston Drenthe has spoken of his decision to refuse to train for eight days as a result of a wages dispute, and claims that money was not his motivational factor, rather the “lack of confidence” shown by the club.
The Dutchman claimed he has not been paid a significant amount of remuneration since his loan move from Real Madrid in the summer, and as a result refused to participate until the matter was resolved.
The player’s reaction sparked fury among followers of the Alicante club, but speaking to the media today, the 23-year-old insists that the problem has now been resolved.
He claimed: “We have talked a lot, and now the issue has been made clear. At the moment I am happy with the explanations that the club have given me. All I want to do is to work hard for Hercules. I understand people might think this was for money, but the reason was more the loss of confidence. If someone tells me one thing and then does not do it, it affects me.
“I am not saying it was wrong what I did, nor will I say it was the best way, but I thought I had to. My father and other people have told me that it was not the way, but I cannot say that I did it for no reason.
“I apologise to the fans who are upset, because they have had nothing to do with it. The days I was not in Alicante I was not so happy. I was with my family but I was thinking a lot about the subject."