Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater admits Chelsea career has been 'a shambles'

By Sean Walsh
Drinkwater is currently on loan at Reading
Drinkwater is currently on loan at Reading / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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Danny Drinkwater has said his time at Chelsea has been shambolic and that he is focussed on reigniting his career on loan at Reading.

The midfielder joined the Blues in 2017 for £35m, reuniting with Leicester title-winner N'Golo Kante.

But things have not gone as planned for Drinkwater. He's made just 23 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, and endured frustrating loan spells at Burnley, Aston Villa and Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Now in the final year of his contract, Drinkwater has admitted that his time at Chelsea has been a struggle and that he is determined to turn his fortunes around with Reading.

“Can I paint a picture? No. It’s been a shambles,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s football, it’s never straightforward, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges.

“I need to [kick-start my career]. I’m more excited about this than I have been for a few years now, especially how my career’s panned out.

“Games, getting the enjoyment of football back, then going from there. A few have slid away, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve not played.

“I’m in the last year of my contract, so there’s more than just football riding on it.

“I’m desperate for games, I know my position and I know it’s not what I’ve expected for ten years. So I’ve got to make changes and I’m making the right steps.

”I’ve just got to keep in contact with the manager, trust each other and trust the team. Hopefully they trust me and we can build on that.”

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