Danny Drinkwater has opened up on his off the field problems with the Chelsea outcast struggling since making the move to Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater joined the Blues for £30m just a year after helping Leicester win the Premier League title, but he has found life difficult in west London.
Reports suggest the 30-year-old is looking to leave Chelsea this summer, either permanently or on loan.
He had two loan spells away from the club last term, first at Burnley before heading off to Aston Villa.
Though they didn’t go to plan either, making just eight appearances across the two spells.
“I know my Chelsea move hasn't worked out how anybody would have wanted and I've made mistakes, but it's not as simple as me just not playing football or picking up a wage,” Drinkwater told The Telegraph.
“Money doesn't solve anything. The pay cheque doesn't really help at all, you don't even think about money.”
Drinkwater didn’t feature at all in Maurizio Sarri’s only season in charge of Chelsea and the midfielder was getting frustrated, admitting he fell out of love with football.
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It co coincided with him being charged with drink driving after crashing his car in April 2019.
He explained: “I won't use Chelsea as an excuse for the drink driving. Obviously, my mental state wasn't the best, but it was ridiculous and it should never have happened.”
The temporary move to Burnley saw Drinkwater feature just twice, while he was attacked inside a nightclub.
“Someone said I had tried to chat up some footballer's girlfriend, but that just wasn't the case. I got jumped and beaten up,” he explained.
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“The timing was awful and the fact I twisted my ankle was the worst thing. I went in for a scan the next day and found out it was to do with the bone and I couldn't believe it. It was just like 'could this get any worse?’.”
Turns out it could.
He headed to Aston Villa, but his frustrations around not playing turned to anger and in training, he head butted team-mate Jota.
“I apologised straight away and I had to go home,” Drinkwater said. “I texted him straight after to apologise and take full responsibility. I Google translated it into Spanish as well to make sure he'd understand.”
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