Drinkwater played in the Community Shield.

Maurizio Sarri's comments on Danny Drinkwater's situation at Chelsea

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Danny Drinkwater’s dream move to Chelsea has turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Drinkwater was part of Leicester City’s incredible 2015/16 title-winning side, missing just three matches during the league campaign.

The midfielder remained at the Foxes for the following season, helping them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

But then Chelsea swooped, signing him for £35 million.

Under Antonio Conte, Drinkwater managed 22 games in all competitions last season.

But it's clear that Maurizio Sarri simply doesn’t fancy him.

The only appearance he made was in the Community Shield and hasn’t played a single minute since.

But why?


Well, on Friday, Sarri explained exactly why he hasn’t been playing Drinkwater at all.

"I think for him the problem is only my football," said Sarri.

"He's a very good midfielder but he is suitable for a midfield two because with a three he is not really a central midfielder or suitable for centre right or centre left."

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea FC - Premier League

And when asked about Drinkwater’s future, Sarri didn’t seem too keen to keep him.

"I don't know. It depends on the club, it's up to him,” he added.

Drinkwater is currently behind Matteo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order and it very much sounds like it’s going to stay that way.

Huddersfield Town v Chelsea FC - Premier League

And Sarri went on to speak about Loftus-Cheek - who has now played in the last four Premier League games for Chelsea.

"At the beginning of the season he was a very good player and now he is a good player that is more suited to my style of football.

"We have a tactical problem with the midfielders. We have four midfielders [not including Drinkwater] and three of them have the same characteristics."

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