Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea from Leicester City in 2017. During his time at Chelsea, he was loaned four times to Burnley, Aston Villa, Kasimpasa and Reading.
Danny Drinkwater during a game for Chelsea. (Courtesy of: Reuters)
- Danny Drinkwater came over from Leicester City to Chelsea in 2017
- Danny Drinkwater was loaned out four times
- Danny Drinkwater’s loan term at Reading ended in May 2022
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater has apologized to Chelsea fans for a “business move gone wrong” while confirming his time at the club has come to an end.
The 32-year-old former England player failed to establish himself in the London-based club’s first team after coming to Chelsea from Leicester City in 2017. His last appearance for the squad was in the Community Shield in 2018.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater was loaned out four times, with spells at Burnley, Aston Villa, Kasimpasa and Reading, with his loan period ending earlier this month.
The midfielder played 32 games for Reading.
“My time at Chelsea is over,” Drinkwater writes on Instagram. “I, the club and the fans are very disappointed with the result, there is no doubt about it.
“Injuries, how I’ve been treated, mistakes I’ve made, problems with the pitch, lack of playing time, the list of excuses could be endless, but I wouldn’t and can’t change what happened.
“I’m going to look at the positives for the past five years. I’ve played with great players, coached by great managers, worked with brilliant staff, met amazing people, lived in beautiful places, traveled the world and won some more silverware.
“Football is a fantastic sport, but this was a business move that went wrong for both sides, it’s as black and white as that. To the Chelsea fans, my apologies for how this turned out. Seeing me at my best in that shirt does what I love.”