‘I’m thinking more about him now’: Former Aston Villa midfielder Jota says he ‘respected’ Danny Drinkwater ‘a lot after Chelsea outcast apologized for HEADBUTTING him during his training during last season’s hire
- Danny Drinkwater only played four times on loan to Aston Villa last season
- The Chelsea outcast was involved in a training ground with Jota
- Drinking water headbutted the Spaniard during the violent altercation in March
Former Aston Villa midfielder Jota claims he now has more respect for Danny Drinkwater after apologizing for his headbutt in practice last season.
Chelsea outcast Drinkwater spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park, but appeared only four times.
His time inland was overshadowed by the training field bust he had with Spaniard Jota in March earlier this year.
Jota claims he respects Danny Drinkwater for apologizing for headbutting him last year
Drinking Water (left) clashed with Jota (right) during his loan spell at Aston Villa
But Jota is now further from the incident and has accepted that his former teammate made a mistake.
“Of course I was angry at the beginning, even though these things happen a lot in football,” he said The athletic.
But Danny called me right away and apologized. I could see he was so sorry.
‘He called me a lot and said he was angry with himself and angry that he did it.
‘I had a lot of respect for him after that and I think about him more now because it’s easy to make a mistake, but it’s hard to say sorry. I don’t think he deserves people to say bad things about him for just one moment. ‘
Chelsea outcast Drinkwater made just four appearances in his loan spell at Villa Park
Drinking water has admitted his lack of fitness for having spent so much time without football in the first team, saying last month his frustration turned to anger after a 4-0 defeat at former club Leicester – the last game before the lockdown.
“I thought, ‘Jesus, I just got back to a place where I was so successful and I couldn’t get onto the field. This is embarrassing,’ Drinkwater said. The Telegraph. ‘I got a stick from the fans and I woke up and I was furious. After practice, I was going to talk to Dean Smith about things, but then I went headbutted Jota.
‘We were on the same team, it was that stupid. I’ve never done that, I’ve never released anyone. It was ridiculous.
‘I immediately apologized and had to go home. I immediately texted him to apologize and take full responsibility. I also Google translated it into Spanish to make sure he would understand. ‘
Earlier in the 2019/20 season, Drinkwater was loaned to Burnley, but only played twice. Shortly after joining, Drinkwater was attacked at a club he attended during an international break.
In April 2019, Drinkwater was charged with drunk driving after a crash with his car. In the 2018/19 season, he did not play once under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and admits that he had lost interest in football.