Everton flop Andy van der Meyde discusses the Christmas period in the Premier League

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The infamous former Everton star has been speaking more about his extravagant lifestyle whilst in Liverpool.

When Everton signed Andy Van Der Meyde from Inter Milan in 2005 it was something of a coup. The Dutch international was highly rated and despite a difficult time in Milan he was well remembered for his time at Ajax and gained notoriety for his ‘Sniper’ celebration.

His time at Everton was fraught with controversy. His relationship with David Moyes was strained to say the least. His party antics, despite not being a drinker before arriving in Liverpool, descended into cocaine use and effectively ended his marriage. He certainly performed better on the party scene than he did on the football pitch, a fact he would admit himself.

Now he has been discussing the festive period during his time at Everton. Of course December and January spells party time in the UK, with Christmas and New Year in full flow. It also spells football and lots of it. Whilst many countries across Europe afford their multi-million players a winter break England is not so kind, with a jam-packed schedule a tradition.

For someone with the lifestyle of Van Der Meyde, that meant problems.

He has even elaborated on that fact himself in an interview with Dutch media this week, saying the New Years Day fixtures were always the worst for a player like him, but he was thankful to only be a back-up option for the team.

He stated:

"Then if you are not supposed to drink, because you had to be fit. But I actually travelled as an "accessory" because I was so good in the group and was comfortable.

"At one point, I knew that I would not play and unsurprisingly and as ordinary I went drinking. I came to the game with a hangover and hoped that no one was injured. The first thing I did was ask if anyone was sick or injured. No? No one injured? Yes!"

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