England international Danny Drinkwater is ready to bring down the curtain on his unhappy stay at Chelsea less than a year after arriving at the club.
Drinkwater was signed on transfer deadline day from Leicester City for £35 million, amidst hopes that he could revive the midfielder partnership with N’Golo Kante that helped propel Leicester to the Premier League title in 2015 – 2016. However, those hopes were dashed by a series of injuries and, when he was fit, failed to convince manager Antonio Conte that he was worth a starting berth, and was limited to just 12 Premier League appearances, mainly as a substitute.
Now, according to The Daily Mirror, Drinkwater finds himself even further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, after the arrival at the club of Jorginho, and, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning from his loan spell at Crystal Palace, Chelsea are prepared to listen to offers for him, either on a permanent deal or on loan.
Southampton, Crystal Place and his former club Leicester City are all said to be monitoring his situation.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.