Danny Drinkwater reflects on his difficult time at Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater relieved his Chelsea nightmare is finally over.

The England international moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2017 signing a five-year contract with the Blues.

He played only 23 games in all competitions and left on loan for four occasions.

The 32-year-old went on explaining how he plans to get his career back on track.

“I’m relieved, because it’s clear it wasn’t a situation that was good for me or the club,” Drinkwater told Sky Sports when asked about his departure from west London.

“I’m angry because of how it’s gone and how I was treated – not bitter though, what ifs. It was a long time coming.”

His turmoil relationship with then manager Maurizio Sarri in the 2018 summer window was well documented.

“It got to the last hour of the transfer window and [I] got pulled into the office, not expected at all,” added Drinkwater. “‘Don’t think you’re going to be in our plans’. This is Sarri, being translated by Gianfranco. And I was like ‘what?’.

“Sarri and I got on like a house on fire off the pitch. On the pitch, we were like chalk and cheese. I was like – ‘why are you telling me now? An hour before the window closes? I need time’. He replied, ‘No, no, we’ve got clubs abroad you can look at…’

“My reaction was – ‘No, I’ve got my young son. He is my priority’. So I decided to stay until January.”


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