Danny Drinkwater apologised to Chelsea fans as he revealed he’s bringing an end to a miserable five-years at the club.
The 32-year-old’s loan spell at Reading finished earlier in May he has now officially announced his departure from Stamford Bridge.
He made just 23 appearances for the club, netting on one occasion during his ill-fated five-year spell.
His last appearance in a Chelsea shirt was the 2018 Community Shield final, and Drinkwater described his time with the Blues as ‘a business deal gone wrong.’
The Manchester-born midfielder cited injury and bad behaviour, which includes a drink-driving ban and a nightclub fight, as some of the reasons he failed to hit the ground running with the west London club.
After becoming surplus to requirements, he was eventually loaned out to Burnley, Aston Villa, Reading and Turkish side Kasimpasa.
In a frank Instagram post, Drinkwater wrote: “My time at Chelsea has come to an end… actually feels really strange writing this. Me, the club and fans are hugely disappointed with the outcome, there is no doubt about that.
“Injuries, how I have been treated, mistakes I have made, issues off the pitch, lack of game time… the list of excuses could be endless but I would not and cannot change what’s happened.
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“I’m going to look at positives over the past five years. I have played with great players, coached by awesome managers, worked with some brilliant staff, met some fantastic people, lived in some beautiful places, travelled the world and won some more silverware.
“Football’s a fantastic sport but this for both parties was a business move gone wrong, it’s as black and white as that.
“To the Chelsea fans…
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