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I told Drinkwater In August That He Wasn’t Needed In My Team – Sarri


  • Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri had informed Danny Drinkwater that he wasn’t needed at the club before the 2018/2019 season began.
  • The former Napoli coach had revealed that Drinkwater is yet to adapt to his “Sarriball” football philosophy.
  • Danny Drinkwater is yet to feature in any competitive game for Chelsea in the current season.

It has been revealed that Maurizio Sarri told Danny Drinkwater that he was surplus to requirements before the current season even started.

Former Leicester star, Danny Drinkwater hasn’t featured in any competitive game under Chelsea’s head coach, Maurizio Sarri this season.

I told Drinkwater In August That He Wasn’t Needed In My Team - Sarri

Back in August 2018, Maurizio Sarri had informed Drinkwater that he could not fit into his playing style and suggested that he make a move away from the Bridge, but the former Leicester City midfielder chose to remain at Chelsea.

“He knows very well he has never played because in my opinion he is not suitable to my system, to my way of playing,” said Sarri.

“I told him everything in August. He appreciated it, but he decided to remain, and so he knew very well the situation.

“I spoke with him in August, when the market was still open. I said to him he should look for something different.

“In my opinion, he doesn’t play. And I said to him the reasons, my reasons. But, as I said before, he decided to stay at Chelsea.”

When asked if Danny (Drinkwater) would be able to adapt to his “Sarriball” possession style, the Chelsea manager said:

“No, I don’t think so. It’s my opinion. Maybe I am wrong, but it’s my opinion.

“I try (to be honest). Of course, sometimes you have to say something different. But in 99 percent of cases, I try to be honest.”

Asked why Drinkwater has stayed, Sarri replied:

“I don’t know; probably he hoped we could change the system, I think.

“I have a very good relationship with him because, in my opinion, he’s a good boy. He’s a good player. He’s a good player.

“And he’s able to play in a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 very well.

“But he’s not suitable for me. He knows this, but I have a good relationship with him.

“I cannot do anything. A player usually wants only to play, nothing else. So I cannot do anything.

“I can only have with him a very good relationship, no more. At the moment, I am not able to satisfy him as a player. So it’s very difficult, but he knew.”

SaveChelsea.net previously reported on how Drinkwater was arrested for Drunk driving.

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The Chelsea midfielder missed out on the club’s Wednesday training session after he crashed his Range Rover vehicle into another car.

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