DANNY DRINKWATER says he’s nonetheless “angry” after losing his greatest years at Chelsea.
The 32-year-old joined the Blues again in 2017 for £35m after starring in Leicester’s Premier League triumph and Champions League marketing campaign.
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However over the course of his five-year contract, the midfielder made simply 23 appearances, scoring as soon as, and has lastly been launched by the membership.
Drinkwater admits his mental health plummeted after being made to feel unwanted at Chelsea, whereas household bereavements noticed him caught drink driving.
Now a free agent, he stated: “I’m relieved, as a result of it’s clear it wasn’t a state of affairs that was good for me or the membership.
“I’m angry because of how it’s gone and how I was treated. Not bitter though, or what ifs. It was a long time coming.”
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Requested if he had wasted one of the best 5 years if his profession, he added: “Yeah, it looks like ‘what have you thrown those five years away for?’
“For those who’d stayed at Leicester, in the event you didn’t get injured and if the membership handled you in a different way. They’re all ifs. It’s irritating, 100 per cent.
“Don’t think I’m still not burning about how it’s gone. I still kick myself for it. But on the other side, am I going to keep kicking myself, because I can’t change it.”
Drinkwater had mortgage spells at Aston Villa, Burnley, Studying and Turkish aspect Kasimpasa throughout his time at Chelsea, however was accused of dwelling a simple life.
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In 2019, he obtained a 20-month driving ban following a crash close to his house whereas being two-and-a-half instances over the authorized restrict.
However on accusations of a simple life, Drinkwater argued: “That’s not true. ‘Living the life’ lasts about two weeks.
“I used to be loving it, however within the background, there’s at all times issues that burn away. And as an individual, in the event you’re not open sufficient to talk to the precise folks, it chews away at you.
“I used to be. Nan handed, grandad handed, dad obtained recognized with Leukaemia, I misplaced my canine and was drink driving, which is simply not me. I made a giant mistake.
“I was also fighting for my son, which was going on constantly and takes its toll. I definitely think that’s the lowest I’d been. I didn’t think I was depressed, but it could’ve gone that way.”
Requested the place he will likely be enjoying subsequent season, he stated: “There are a few offers flying about. I’ve still got the ability and hunger to push myself.”