‘I earn so much money – but it doesn’t solve anything’: Chelsea’s £110,000-per-week outcast Danny Drinkwater reveals he’s seeing a psychologist as he opens up on drink-driving, being attacked in a nightclub, headbutting a team-mate and personal problems
- Danny Drinkwater has been left on the fringes at Chelsea for the last two years
- The 30-year-old admits he fell out of love with the game in recent times
- But recently, he has spoken of how he is looking forward to rebuilding his career
Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has revealed he is seeing a sports psychologist in a bid to jump-start his career and has opened up on the extraordinary off-field incidents that have plagued his career over the last two years.
Now 30, 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 Aston Villa and the victim of a nightclub attack.
Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater has opened up on a challenging couple of years
Last season, Drinkwater spent time on loan at Burnley (pictured) and Aston Villa
Drinkwater was attacked in a nightclub shortly after he joined Burnley on loan from Chelsea
‘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.’
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.’
At Villa, Drinkwater’s time was marred by him headbutting team-mate Jota in training
The 30-year-old admitted he fell out of love with football when he was sidelined at Chelsea
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.
‘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 2019-19 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.’
Drinkwater was charged with drink driving in April 2019 after he crashed his car
Danny Drinkwater has been told to find a new club by Chelsea before the window closes
Earlier this week Drinkwater, a Premier League winner from his time at Leicester, took to Instagram to underline his excitement over where he could end up playing football this season.
Written alongside a snap of him in Chelsea training, he wrote: ‘Hmmm “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional…”
‘Back at @chelseafc only for pre season… working hard, trying to get fit and be in the best shape I can be for wherever I go next. As much as I would love to be settled at a club like I should be, the unknown is kinda exciting.’
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