Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater has described his Stamford Bridge career as a ‘shambles’ and he’s looking at ‘getting the enjoyment of football back’ in the latest loan stint at Reading in the Championship.
The 31-year-old midfielder moved to the Blues from Leicester City back in 2017 for a huge £35 million fee, but things haven’t worked out for him at all in the British capital.
The player has made just 23 appearances across all competitions for the west Londoners, with only 12 of them coming in the PL.
He has spent stints on loan at Burnley, Aston Villa, Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa and now Reading, where he’s hoping to reignite his career as Danny is now in the last year of his Chelsea deal and his professional career appears to be on the line.
‘Can I paint a picture? No. It’s been a shambles,’ he told talkSPORT of his Blues career. ‘It’s football, it’s never straightforward, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges.
‘I need to [kick-start my career]. I’m more excited about this than I have been for a few years now, especially how my career’s panned out.
‘Games, getting the enjoyment of football back, then going from there. A few have slid away, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve not played.
‘I’m in the last year of my contract, so there’s more than just football riding on it. I’ve got other things.’