Forgotten ex-Chelsea and England star Danny Drinkwater wants to return to former club after year in exile

Former England international Danny Drinkwater has revealed he would like to return to Leicester City.

The 33-year-old, who won the Premier League with the Foxes in 2016, has spent the past year away from football.

Drinkwater left Chelsea as a free agent last summer


Drinkwater left Chelsea as a free agent last summerPhoto credit: Getty
The midfielder is now open to a Leicester return


The midfielder is now open to a Leicester returnPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

After falling out of favor at Chelsea, he left Stamford Bridge as a free agent last summer and has struggled to find another club.

But despite his lack of playing time, Drinkwater is hoping to find a new club before the 2023/24 season.

And he thinks Leicester would be a perfect fit.

The midfielder told Sky Sports: “I would 100% go back to Leicester, it’s a special place for me.”

“I would love to help them get back to the Premier League.”

“It was hard to watch [them get relegated]. If you look at the squad, you can see that it is full of talent.

“You should think of this as a reboot. They had such a successful period before relegation, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield.”

“If you look back ten years, we were in the league and then look at what the club did over the next six to seven years.”


“They are in such a better position now than when I came in, they can easily bounce back.”

Drinkwater joined Leicester from Manchester United in 2012 and made 218 appearances for the club during his time at King Power Stadium.

He joined Chelsea for £35million in 2017 but only made 23 appearances during his five-year tenure.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, the midfielder admitted he was “angry” at the way he was treated during his time in west London.

He said: “I’m relieved because it’s clear it wasn’t a good situation for me or the club.”

“I’m angry at how it went and how I was treated. However, not bitter or what if. It’s been a long time coming.”

Last month, Drinkwater admitted he would be open to a move to Saudi Arabia.

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Zack Zwiezen

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