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Drinkwater ‘burning away’ and ‘angry’ after Chelsea treatment

Danny Drinkwater has revealed his relief at leaving Chelsea but says he is still “burning away” with the frustration of how his Stamford Bridge career panned out.

The former England international felt he was unfairly treated by the Blues, having made only 23 appearances in five years.

Drinkwater joined Chelsea in a reported £35million transfer in 2017, moving on from Leicester City 12 months after winning the Premier League title.

Reuniting with former Leicester City teammate N’Golo Kante

But did not enjoy anything like the same success in London.

 Drinkwater told Sky Sports:

“I’m relieved, firstly, because it’s not hard to see that it wasn’t ideal for me.

“It didn’t benefit the club.

“I’m angry because it’s gone, how I was treated.

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Drinkwater 'burning away' and 'angry' after Chelsea treatment

“I’m not bitter about it because you can look back and say what-ifs and [have hindsight], which is enormous.

“I think it was just a long time coming.”

Drinkwater, who, at 32, does not plan to retire, said he “did too much too soon” to rush back from injury in his first season at Chelsea, leading to a setback.

Chelsea let him go the following year, which “was not expecting”.

Drinkwater acknowledged his role on the fringes initially “had its benefits, I was loving it,” but “living the life lasts for about two weeks”.

After several off-field issues, including deaths in the family and a drink-driving offence, the Manchester United academy graduate felt “lost”.

He did not play another competitive game for Chelsea’s first team, but a successful loan move to Reading last season – after complex spells at Burnley and Aston Villa – allowed him to see the final months of his five-year contract.

Leicester City was the biggest surprise in recent times winning Premier League in 2016.

Danny Drinkwater was one of the key components behind its success.

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