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Danny Drinkwater opens up on ‘shambolic’ Chelsea career and ‘mistakes’ as midfielder hopes Reading revival with futures contract

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Danny Drinkwater admits the past three years at Chelsea have been a ‘mess’ after an encouraging start for Reading on Saturday.

The Chelsea player, who hasn’t played in the Premier League for the Blues since 2018, came off the Royals bench in a victory at Fulham.

Reading took a chance on Drinkwater
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Danny Drinkwater opens up on ‘shambolic’ Chelsea career and ‘mistakes’ as midfielder hopes Reading revival with futures contract
Drinkwater featured in pre-season for Chelsea but unlikely to play another competitive game for the club
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Drinkwater won the title with Leicester in 2016, winning a call-up to England and a £ 35million transfer to Chelsea the following year, but his career has since collapsed.

Having made just 23 top-flight appearances for the Blues, the 31-year-old has become the forgotten man of English football after failed loan spells at Burnley, Aston Villa and, most recently, Turkish club Kasimpasa.

The past three seasons have also been littered with problems off the pitch, with a nightclub incident at Burnley and a training ground fight at Villa.

Now in the final year of his contract with Chelsea, and presumably in search of a new team, the midfielder is keen to get his once promising career back on track.

“Can I paint a picture? No, it was a mess, ”he told talkSPORT at Craven Cottage after playing for over an hour in Reading’s 2-1 win.

Danny Drinkwater opens up on ‘shambolic’ Chelsea career and ‘mistakes’ as midfielder hopes Reading revival with futures contract
Danny Drinkwater has only made ten Premier League starts in three years with Chelsea, Burnley and Aston Villa
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“It’s football, it’s never easy, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges.

“I need [kick-start my career]. I’m more excited about it than I’ve been for a few years now, especially how my career has gone.

“The matches, rediscover the fun of football, then go from there. A few slipped, I made mistakes, I didn’t play.

“I’m in the last year of my contract, so it’s not just football that depends on it. I have other things.

Danny Drinkwater opens up on ‘shambolic’ Chelsea career and ‘mistakes’ as midfielder hopes Reading revival with futures contract
Drinkwater’s career didn’t turn out the way he thought it would after winning the Premier League title with Leicester City
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He added: “I’m desperate for the games, I know my position and I know it’s not what I expected for ten years.

“So I have to make changes and I’m taking the right steps.

“I just have to keep in touch with the manager, trust myself and trust the team. I hope they trust me and that we can build on that.

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