New Chelsea signing Danny Drinkwater has spoken about his deadline day move to the reigning Premier League champions in an interview with the official Chelsea website.
Drinkwater, 27, signed for the Blues late into the night, following the Premier League’s decision to grant the player extra time to finalise a deal to Stamford Bridge. The former Manchester United player become the second midfield signing of the summer after the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko in July.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, Drinkwater, who will wear the no.6, was asked whether he’d ever had a day quite as manic as that before.
“Never! My emotions have been all over the place. There has been frustration, excitement, I have been nervous and I am just grateful the transfer is done,” Drinkwater told the official Chelsea website after signing for the club on deadline day.
“Leicester has been great for me but I am looking to carry on from the season before last when we won the Premier League there and I want to win more trophies, which Leicester have understood and where better to do it than Chelsea.
“I am at a good age now to kick on. I have gained a lot of experience in playing games and hopefully that will show.
The 27-year-old will link up with Antonio Conte and his new Chelsea teammates when the international break is over in a week’s time. However, it won’t be the first time that Drinkwater has played under a Italian manager. In the 2015-16 campaign, Chelsea’s new no.6 was managed by former Blues manager Claudio Ranieri.
When asked about whether he had good memories about the bubbly Italian, the English man replied:
“I have fond memories [of Ranieri] as well. He is class. He helped me massively. I speak to him every now and again still and he was like a kind of father figure to me.
Finally, the England international was asked about his former Leicester colleague, now Chelsea player, N’Golo Kante with whom he developed a great relationship.
“I played with N’Golo for a season and there was not really a game I didn’t enjoy playing next to him. I am looking forward hopefully to carrying on where we left off. I think we hit it off from the first game and after that we did not really lose,” Drinkwater told the official Chelsea website.