Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has asked to leave the club in the wake of bids from Chelsea Football Club
Reports have come out, according to ESPN FC, that Danny Drinkwater has submitted a transfer request to the Leicester City FC board. The midfielder has been the subject of bids from Chelsea FC and has clearly has his head turned by the defending Premier League champions.
Drinkwater has been with the Foxes since 2012 after joining from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee and has been a part of the club’s meteoric rise from the Championship to the top of the top flight.
He was one of the club’s standout performers in the title-winning season and has perhaps decided that it is time for him to move on to a club that is traditionally in the top six of England.
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The 27-year-old formed an incredible midfield partnership with current Chelsea man N’golo Kante and his understanding with the Frenchman could be key to a title defense for the Blues.
The slot alongside Kante has been a revolving door of sorts in recent weeks with Cesc Fabregas having the strongest hold on the second central midfield place.
Antonio Conte has need for depth at the position however with few senior choices after Fabregas and Tiemoué Bakayoko.
Drinkwater has been a nearly unquestioned first choice for the Foxes since 2012 and he could find himself spending much of his time on the bench were he to move for Chelsea.
He could be lured by the big wages and bright lights of playing in London but how much playing he will be doing is still a question mark.
Chelsea are involved in four competitions so far and with their return to the Champions League they will need dependable veteran players to play when called upon. At this point Danny Drinkwater will simply have to decide between building on his incredible success with Leicester City and moving on to a “bigger” club with more resources but with undeniably higher expectations.