April 23, 2021

Drinkwater sends message to Tuchel after Lampard’s Chelsea promise

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Danny Drinkwater has said he has “unfinished business” at Chelsea and hopes to have one more chance under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Amidst a number of off field issues, Drinkwater has played just 28 times in the four years since his move from Leicester City.

In recent seasons, he has had unsuccessful loan spells with Aston Villa and Burnley and was relegated to the Under 23s, before leaving on loan in January.

Former Blues boss Frank Lampard sanctioned a move for the midfielder, joining Kasimpasa on a six-month deal.

At the time, Lampard admitted that they would discuss his future at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, when he has hopefully, got some more minutes under his belt.

Danny Drinkwater was deemed surplus to requirements under former boss Frank Lampard

“If he plays games, plays regularly, he’ll feel better, then we can cross that bridge when it comes to the end of the season about where that takes us forward for Danny and for ourselves,” Lampard said back in January.

Of course, since then, Lampard has been replaced by Tuchel, who has helped to change the club’s fortunes in a run of just one defeat in almost three months.

And Drinkwater hopes to impress the German, believing he could still have a future at the club.

“I want to continue with Chelsea. I feel like I have unfinished business with this club,” Drinkwater told the Elmatch Program .

Thomas Tuchel replace Lampard in January and could offer Drinkwater another chance
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Pressed on whether he can break into Tuchel’s squad, he added: “I would like to think so.

“I have to try and start enjoying my football again because in this moment it has disappeared.

“I keep working hard, I keep grafting and I am doing the right things at the right times and I need to stay injury free and see where it takes me.

“It is a short career so I need to keep doing the right things and hope things turn around.”

Danny Drinkwater has said he hopes to earn a place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season
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Drinkwater signed for Chelsea in a deal worth £35million and has claimed a lack of opportunities in the line-up has hampered his chances of repaying that fee.

“It was a big price tag at the time but I felt it was exciting,” he continued. “It was a new change, I felt I could play and show my worth. I just think it was a lack of chances.

“My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating. It is a weird position that I am in. It is definitely different but I don’t think I am the first, nor will I be the last. This is part of football.”

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