Chelsea loan ex-England midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Reading as Royals hail ‘proven winner’


Chelsea loan former England midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Reading … with the Stamford Bridge outcast set to make his first appearance in English football in over 18 months

  • Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has joined Championship Reading on loan
  • The former England international moved to Turkey with Kasimpasa last season
  • Drinkwater was a Premier League winner when he signed from Leicester in 2017
  • The 31-year-old was last in the top flight on loan with Aston Villa

Chelsea have loaned outcast midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Reading, which could allow the Premier League winner to end his exile from English football after a campaign in Turkey.

The 31-year-old spent last season with Super Lig team Kasimpasa following loan spells with Aston Villa and Burnley, although he has not played for the Blues since the 2018 Community Shield.

Drinking water is the second Chelsea player to join Reading this season after left-back Baba Rahman also moved to Madejski Stadium.

Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater could play his first England game since February 2020

The ex-England prospect spent last season on loan at Kasimpasa and has now joined Reading

The ex-England prospect spent last season on loan at Kasimpasa and has now joined Reading

The Manchester United academy product did not complete 90 minutes in Super Lig for Kasimpasa last season and has failed to do so for any club in a league game since April 2018.

England crowned Drinkwater three times in 2016, with the only Premier League player of the month winning the title with Leicester that year before a £ 35million move to Stamford Bridge in September 2017.

His last outing in England was for Villa against Spurs in April 2020 – one of only four appearances he made for the club on a six-month loan spell.

Head of reading Veljko Paunovic said: “Danny’s talent and abilities are unmistakable and bringing a player of his caliber to our club is extremely exciting.

“A proven winner is a player whose achievements on the pitch can inspire those around him and help move this club forward from the center of midfield.

“We are very happy to welcome him to Reading.

Royals CEO Dayong Pang added: “The opportunity to bring a player with Danny’s unmistakable abilities to our club was not an opportunity we could miss.

“I have no doubts that he is a strong character who can help this team to solidify and work together to improve performance and get results. I am delighted to welcome Danny to the club.

Reading is fourth from the bottom of the league after losing its last three games, suffering a 4-0 beating at Huddersfield on Saturday.


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