Danny Drinkwater has opened up about his problems off the field with the Chelsea outcast in trouble since moving to Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater joined the Blues for £ 30million just a year after helping Leicester win the premier league title, but found life difficult in West London.
Reports suggest the 30-year-old is considering leaving Chelsea this summer, either permanently or on loan.
He had two periods on loan from the club last season, first at Burnley before moving to Aston Villa.
Although they didn’t go as planned either, only making eight appearances on the two spells.
“I know my transfer to Chelsea didn’t go the way everyone would have liked and I made mistakes, but it’s not as easy as not playing football or getting a salary.” , said Drinkwater. The telegraph.
“Money doesn’t solve anything. The paycheck doesn’t really help at all, you don’t even think about the money.
Drinkwater didn’t feature at all in Maurizio Sarri’s only season at the helm of Chelsea and the midfielder was growing frustrated, admitting he had fallen in love with football.
This coincided with his indictment of drunk driving after crashing his car in April 2019.
He explained: “I will not use Chelsea as an excuse for drunk driving. Obviously, my mental state was not the best, but it was ridiculous and it should never have happened.
The temporary move to Burnley only saw Drinkwater appear twice, while under attack inside a nightclub.
“Someone said I tried to chat with a footballer’s girlfriend, but it just wasn’t. I was jumped and beaten, ”he explained.
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“The timing was horrible and the fact that I twisted my ankle was the worst thing. I went for a CT scan the next day and found out it had to do with the bone and I couldn’t believe it. It was just like ‘could this be worse?’.
It turns out it could.
He headed for Aston Villa but his frustrations at not playing turned to anger and in practice he bumped into teammate Jota.
“I apologized right away and had to go home,” said Drinkwater. “I texted him right after to apologize and take full responsibility. I also translated it into Spanish on Google to make sure he understood.