Football: Goodison Ark; EXCLUSIVE EVERTON STAR ANDY'S ANIMAL CRACKERS He's got 7 horses, 9 dogs, 3 geese, 3 goats, 3 cats, 2 ferrets, 2 turtles, 2 deer, 2 rabbits, 2 zebra, a parrot, a camel.. and his wife wants a koala!
Byline: By BILL MILLS
ANDY van der Meyde Andy van der Meyde (born September 30 1979 in Arnhem, Gelderland) is a Dutch international footballer, who usually plays as a attacking midfielder. He currently plays his club football for Everton of the English Premier League. rocks with laughter when he talks about the animals he finds in his house and garden back home in Italy.
Just don't mention the camel! Wife Diana couldn't bear being apart from her personal menagerie so she left the Everton star's Cheshire home The Cheshire Home, Shatin (沙田慈氏護養院) was founded by the Hong Kong Cheshire Home Foundation in 1991 and is currently under the management of the Hospital Authority. to return to the Lake Como Lake Como (Lago di Como in Italian, also known as Lario; Lach de Comm in Insubric; Latin: Larius Lacus) is a lake of glacial origin in Lombardy, Italy. residence they enjoyed during the winger's days with Inter Milan.
Van der Meyde said: "It's like a private zoo these days. You've never seen anything like it.
"Here in England I have two Bordeaux dogs, called Mac and Gemma. The guy who got me this house has asked me to look after his cat Larry while he's abroad. But that's nothing compared to the zoo in Como." He has to phone his wife for the latest update on the animals, then recounts: "We have seven horses, nine dogs, three cats, two ferrets, two turtles, a talking parrot, two rabbits, three goats - and one of them is expecting. Then there are two deer, two zebras, three geese and a camel.
"You have to think of it as a safari park. It really is wonderful to be among all these animals."
Van der Meyde, 27, bursts into laughter as he recalls: "Yes, the camel. I forgot all about the fact that she had bought that thing when I went back to Italy before Christmas. She had mentioned something to me that one day she wanted a camel.
"But when I arrived late at night and opened the garage door I nearly died on the spot. In the dark was this massive camel, staring at me from about half a yard away!
"Recently she told me she now wants a koala koala (kōä`lə), arboreal marsupial, or pouched mammal, Phascolarctos cinereus, native to Australia. Although it is sometimes called koala bear, or Australian bear, and is somewhat bearlike in appearance, it is not related to true . Apparently, you can buy those sorts of animals. So probably next time I open the garage door at night a koala will jump on me. Oh, and my daughter wants a goldfish goldfish, freshwater fish, genus Carassius, of the family Cyprinidae, popular in aquariums and ponds. Native to China, it was first domesticated centuries ago from the wild form, an olive-colored carplike fish up to 16 in. (40 cm) long. . Well, I can hardly turn that down, can I?"
It's 18 months since Van der Meyde arrived from Inter in a pounds 1.8million deal. After wife Diana headed to Italy, another Dutch woman arrived on the Merseyside scene.
"There is another woman in my life here," he revealed. "My mother Agnes has decided to move from Amsterdam to England. She is living in an apartment not far from my house. After every training session I go and visit her.
"I've had a tough time here. It all started when Diana could not settle. She and our oldest daughter Isabella had adapted so much to the Italian way of life.
"I visit them regularly. Between me and the wife things are OK again now, but it is awful that I have to be on my own here, even though I'm quite happy with the English way of life.
"It's finally calm again in my life - after two burglaries and a hectic night in hospital after someone spiked my drink in a night club!"
FAMILY MAN: But Andy van der Meyde has to fly to Italy to see his wife and daughter. Picture: Voetbal International