Report: Chelsea not planning to renew contract of £35m man when it runs out next year

Chelsea aim to cut ties with Danny Drinkwater immediately after his loan move to Reading runs out in June, as reported by the Times.

The midfielder was sent to Reading on the penultimate day of the transfer window.

It will be Drinkwater’s fourth spell away from Chelsea since he signed from Leicester City in 2017 for £35m (BBC).

During that period, the Englishman has had highly underwhelming stints at Burnley, Aston Villa and Turkish side Kasimpasa.

Drinkwater drowned out at Chelsea

Even more disappointing for Blues fans, however, is the lack of impact he has had on the current Champions League holders.

Drinkwater’s appearance tally for Chelsea stands at a measly 23, less than half Timo Werner has achieved in just one campaign with the club.

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Injuries have played a part in Drinkwater’s downfall, as have off-the-field misdemeanours.

However, it always felt like a giant leap from Leicester to the Blues, despite the midfielder playing a key role in the Foxes’ seemingly impossible Premier League triumph of 2015/16.

Those doubts are now cemented in stone and there seems no redemption for the 31-year-old in a Chelsea shirt.

Drinkwater may have taken some hope for his Chelsea career from the way the Blues handled a couple of their other loanees in the summer.

Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy were sent packing to Besiktas and Flamengo respectively, but not before their deals were extended by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

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Of course, those deals are more about keeping the players’ value high rather than indicating there’s life at the end of the Chelsea tunnel.

Unfortunately for Drinkwater, it seems he can’t even get past the toll booth.

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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.