Chelsea loan former England midfielder Danny Drinkwater to Reading as Royals greet ‘proven winner’

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

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

Chelsea have loaned Danny Drinkwater to Reading in midfield, helping the Premier League winner end his ban from English football after a campaign in Turkey.

The 31-year-old spent last season at Kasimpasa on the Super Lig squad after loan spells at 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 move to Reading this season, after left-back Baba Rahman also moved to Madejski Stadium.

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

The former England prospect was loaned to Kasimpasa last season and is now working at Reading

The former England prospect was loaned to Kasimpasa last season and is now at Reading

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

England reached Drinkwater three times in 2016, with the one-time Premier League Player of the Month winning the title with Leicester that year before moving £35 million to Stamford Bridge in September 2017.

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

boss reading Veljko Paunovic said: “Danny’s talent and ability are beyond question and it is extremely exciting to bring a player of his caliber to our club.

A proven winner, he is a player whose performance on the pitch can inspire those around him and help this club move forward from mid-midfield.

“We are very pleased to welcome him to Reading.”

Royals CEO Dayong Pang added: “The opportunity to bring a player of Danny’s undeniable abilities to our club was one we couldn’t miss.

“I am convinced that he is a strong character who can help this squad to grow and work together to improve performance and achieve results. I am delighted to welcome Danny to the club.”

Reading are fourth from bottom of the championship after losing their last three games, having been beaten 4-0 at Huddersfield on Saturday.