Feyenood manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he was approached by Royston Drenthe in the summer about a possible return to the club where the player first made his name.
The midfielder attempted to contact the Rotterdam club after his Real Madrid contract was not renewed in the close season. However, a move did not work out.
"I phoned Royston to speak to him because he tried to contact us," Koeman told Voetbal International.
"I explained that we have enough players in the [his] positions and that we wanted to spend little money, and only on a striker."
Drenthe, who spent time on loan at Everton and Hercules following his transfer to the Bernabeu, began his career in the Eredivisie and spent two seasons with Feyenoord between 2005 and 2007.