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.

Leicester City v Watford - Premier League
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Ngolo Kante (2nd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with his team mate Danny Drinkwater (1st L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford at The King Power Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 4: Gokhan Tore of Besiktas and Danny Drinkwater of Kasimpasa during the Super Lig match between Kasimpasa and Besiktas at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium on April 4, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by /BSR Agency/Getty Images)

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.

Chelsea Training and Press Conference
COBHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea during a training session at Chelsea Training Ground on October 30, 2018 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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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