Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater ‘could reunite with old boss Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria in Serie A’ in bid to revive his career after string of off-field troubles and failed loan spells
- Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater could be about to reunite with Claudio Ranieri
- The former Leicester midfielder won the Premier League with Ranieri in 2016
- An intermediary has contacted Sampdoria to propose Drinkwater to the club
- The England international has recently revealed he is seeing a psychologist
Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater could be about to reunite with Claudio Ranieri at Serie A side Sampdoria.
The midfielder, who won the Premier League with Ranieri during the 2015-16 season with Leicester, is an outcast at Stamford Bridge. He has made just 23 appearances since joining the club for £35million three years ago.
According to Il Secolo XIX newspaper, an intermediary has contacted Sampdoria to ask if they are interested in signing Drinkwater, who managed only six appearances last season on loan at both Burnley and Aston Villa amid a series of personal problems. His only football in the previous season was 30 minutes in the Community Shield for Chelsea.
Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater could be about to reunite with Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria
The former Leicester midfielder won the Premier League with coach Ranieri (holding the cup)
The England international, 30, has recently revealed he is seeing a sports psychologist in a bid to jump-start his career and opened up on the extraordinary off-field incidents that have plagued his career over the last two years.
Drinkwater has been marginalised at Chelsea and is looking to leave the club either on loan or on permanent terms in the present transfer window.
But Premier League clubs may feel tentative about approaching the man who has three England caps after recent run-ins involving drink driving, headbutting Jota on loan at Villa and being injured while attacked at a nightclub.
‘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.’
Last season, Drinkwater spent time on loan at Burnley (pictured) and Aston Villa
Drinkwater went on loan to Villa in the second half of last season and admitted his fitness was lacking due to so much time without first-team football. But his frustration turned to anger and in training he headbutted 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.’
Earlier in the 2019-20 season, Drinkwater was on loan at Burnley but only played twice. Shortly after joining, Drinkwater was attacked in a club he visited during an international break.
At Villa, Drinkwater’s time was marred by him headbutting team-mate Jota in training
Ranieri is now manager of Sampdoria and faces Juventus in Serie A next weekend
‘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,’ Drinkwater explained.
‘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?.”‘
In April 2019, Drinkwater was charged with drink driving after crashing his car. In the 2018-19 campaign, he didn’t play once under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and admits he had lost interest in football.
‘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 30-year-old admitted he fell out of love with football when he was sidelined at Chelsea
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