Danny Drinkwater explained he would like to return to Chelsea and put his saddening spell with the Blues behind him, speaking on the Elmatch Program.  

Drinkwater donned a dark blue jersey in 2017/18 after leaving Leicester City for £35m (BBC Sport).

His reputation was sky high after helping the Foxes to an unthinkable Premier League title two seasons before.

However, the 31-year-old’s stock has plummeted at an astronomical rate.

He has made just 23 appearances for Chelsea during a disastrous spell riddled with injuries.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea looks dejected following his side’s defeat during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A handful of loan moves have failed to revive what was once a promising career, with Aston Villa, Burnley and now Turkish club Kasimpasa.

But for all his faultsand failings, Drinkwater still had a desire to prove himself at Stamford Bridge.

 “My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating,” said the former England midfielder.

“It’s a weird position that I’m in. I want to continue with Chelsea. I feel like I have unfinished business with this club.”

There’s certainly ground to make up if Drinkwater has any chance of breaking into Thomas Tuchel’s team.

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KIRKBY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea in action during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on October 24, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

That move to Turkey was initially blighted by another injury, meaning he didn’t start a match until the beginning of March.

Fitness will certainly be forefront and centre of Tuchel’s mind when, or if, Drinkwater returns for Chelsea’s pre-season.

Another loan would surely seal the end of his stay with the Blues.

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I’m all about giving second chances to players and I know Drinkwater has been really unlucky with his physical problems.

But I just don’t see room for him in the Chelsea family anymore.

I can imagine he wants a permanent footballing home so I think both parties just cut ties with each other as soon as possible.

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