'Disappointing': Drinkwater wishes he had more chances to play with current Chelsea star

Danny Drinkwater didn’t feel he and N’Golo Kante were given enough openings to grow their partnership at Chelsea, speaking on the Elmatch Program.

The pair formed an infamous midfield relationship during Leicester City’s incredible Premier League title winning season, before both eventually signing for the Blues.

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Kante joined Chelsea in 2016/17 for and was instantly involved in another league success under Antonio Conte.

Drinkwater arrived at Stamford Bridge a year later, but the fortunes of both players have been extremely stark.


Whilst Kante went onto establish himself as a regular in South West London, Drinkwater’s career very quickly crumbled into pieces.

His current whereabouts are with Kasimpasa in Turkey, following a series of unproductive loans and injury nightmares.

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The 31-year-old might have plenty of regrets from his torrid time with Chelsea.

However, one of the issues that disappointed him more than most was his inability to strike up an alliance with Kante again.

He said: “I don’t think we got enough opportunities as a partnership to show what we can do. This was disappointing. That was one of the reasons Chelsea signed me.”

At Leicester, Drinkwater and Kante played 34 times with each other.

At Chelsea, they’ve managed just 12 appearances side by side.

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There is still a very slim chance the former England international can strike up another collaboration with his beloved college.

But the likelihood of this is fading by the day.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.