Danny Drinkwater determined to stick it out at Chelsea despite just half an hour of action under Maurizio Sarri
- Danny Drinkwater has played just 30 minutes of football for Chelsea this season
- Midfielder came off the bench in the Community Shield against Manchester City
- He is not in the Europa League squad and has made the bench once in top flight
Danny Drinkwater will not rush into any move away from Chelsea, despite featuring for just 30 minutes under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
The midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge last summer on deadline day but has struggled to impress the Italian since he took charge in July.
He featured as a substitute in the Community Shield defeat by Manchester City in August, but has failed to appear on the pitch since then, making the bench just the once against Cardiff in the Premier League.
Danny Drinkwater will not rush into a move away from Chelsea, despite a lack of game time
The former Leicester City midfielder has played just 30 minuted of football all season
He has been left out of Sarri’s Europa League squad and did not even feature in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool last week.
However, according to the Daily Telegraph, the former Leicester City man is prepared to wait it out to the end of the season to wait for the right move if his situation in west London does not change.
Drinkwater is believed to earn around £100,000-a-week at Chelsea, and the club will find it difficult to offload him swiftly, with suitors unlikely to match those wages.
They had tried to get the England international off their books in the summer, but he refused to leave until he knew where he stood with his new manager.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has left the England international out of his Europa League squad
Now that it has been made clear to him, Drinkwater, who has not been selected for an England squad since turning down a call up from Gareth Southgate last November, will wait to plot his next move carefully.
Without the 28-year-old, Chelsea return to European action on Thursday night.
Sarri’s side host Hungarian outfit Vidi FC at Stamford Bridge looking to build on their winning start to Europa League life against PAOK.