Danny Drinkwater has opened up about how he was treated poorly by Maurizio Sarri. Drinkwater said Sarri gave him “an hour to leave Chelsea“. Drinkwater becomes a free agent after a 5-year long spell at Stamford Bridge. Although most of it was away on loan or on the bench.
Drinkwater came into the squad from Leicester City in 2017 for a fee of around 35M. However, he has not played for the club since 2018. According to Drinkwater, After playing 30 minutes in the Community Shield, He came to know that he was not in Sarri’s plans for Chelsea.
Drinkwater’s shocking treatment
Drinkwater opened up about his shock at the situation.
“It got to the last hour of the transfer window and [I] got pulled into the office, not expected at all. ‘Don’t think you’re going to be in our plans’. This is Sarri, being translated by Gianfranco [Zola]. And I was like ‘what? Sarri and I got on like a house on fire off the pitch. On the pitch, we were like chalk and cheese. I was like – ‘why are you telling me now? An hour before the window closes? I need time’. He replied, ‘No, no, we’ve got clubs abroad you can look at. My reaction was – ‘No, I’ve got my young son. He is my priority’. So I decided to stay until January.”
Drinkwater spent the rest of the season on the bench as he did not try for a move away in the winter transfer window in 2019. After the 2019 season, Drinkwater went away on a series of loans, however, he was not able to make a mark. Drinkwater moved to Burnley first however he only appeared for the club twice. Later he moved to Aston Villa however he only made 4 appearances for them as well.
Drinkwater had a difficult time when he returned to Chelsea as he was not given any game time. Later he moved to the Turkish side Kasimpasa. He moved to Reading last season as he made 23 appearances for the Championship side.
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