Chelsea loan Danny Drinkwater to Aston Villa
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The midfielder cut-short his loan at Burney to return to the Blues.

Now, he has been shipped off again.

Danny Drinkwater has joined Aston Villa on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season in a bid to revive his flagging career, the Villa Park club announced. The 29-year-old midfielder, capped three times by England, moves to Villa after an unsuccessful loan spell with Burnley, for whom he made just two appearances since joining them at the beginning of the season.

Burnley decided against signing Drinkwater for the rest of the season after having him on an initial six-month loan, during which time he was the victim of an attack in a nightclub. The midfielder raveled to Bodymoor Heath on Tuesday morning to undergo a medical and will provide much-needed cover for John McGinn, who is out until March after suffering an ankle injury in the defeat to Southampton.

His career has taken a downward spiral since he moved from Leicester to Chelsea in 2017, playing just 23 times for the club in all competitions. But Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes Drinkwater can recapture the form that made him a pivotal figure in Leicester’s fairytale 2016 Premier League title win.

“Danny was a key member of Leicester City’s title-winning team and has represented England, so he is a vastly experienced player,” said Smith in a press-conference. “He will strengthen our squad significantly.” While, speaking to VillaTV, Drinkwater said: “I am massively excited, especially with it being a club as big as Villa. It is a pleasure to be here and hopefully I can hit the ground running.”



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