'I want to continue with Chelsea': Player says he really doesn't want to leave the Bridge

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.

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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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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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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.