Sander unhappy with Real
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sander Westerveld was disappointed with the way Real Sociedad treated him.
The Dutch shot-stopper was only told just before the transfer deadline that he was no longer wanted at Estadio Anoeta.
He was then left with hardly any time to find a new club for the new season, something which has not gone down well.
The former Liverpool man says that talks with Athletic Bilbao and an English club collapsed because Real wanted too much money for a player who has just a year left on his contract.
Considering all the obstacles in his way Westerveld still found a good move as he switched to Mallorca on a year's loan with the view to a permanent move next summer, when his Sociedad deal will have expired.
"They told me at the last moment that they weren't going to keep me," Westerveld told Marca.
"It was worrying because all the teams at that moment had finalised their squads, but in the end I have been able to find a side of the quality of Mallorca.
"This is a good opportunity for me.
"Real Sociedad requested é¼3 million. Athletic Bilbao came and another team from England. The president said to me that he would speak with these teams but the price was the problem.
"The truth is that I cannot be happy, it is normal that with a year of my contract left they did not want to pay that amount for me."
Westerveld now has a year to impress Mallorca enough for a permanent deal, and he has every intention of showing his ability.
The 29-year-old is in no mood to sit on the bench as he wants to continue playing with Holland.
"I have signed for a year to see how everything goes. It is a good opportunity to demonstrate my condition. If the club is happy with me we can speak about the future.
"I have not come here to sit on the bench. Certainly I am going to help the other goalkeepers, but I am a 29-year-old and I want to continue being selected for my country and for that I need to play."