‘Shambles’ – Aston Villa flop Danny Drinkwater opens with loan difficulties
Former Aston Villa lender Danny Drinkwater is determined to relaunch his career.
Drinkwater is on loan at Reading from Chelsea, signing for Veljko Paunovic’s side last month and helped his new side to a surprise 2-1 victory at Fulham on Saturday.
Reading is Drinkwater’s fourth loan away from Chelsea, whom he joined in 2017 from Leicester City for around £ 35million.
Drinkwater has reunited with N’Golo Kante since his time at City and was the last player of the 2015-16 Premier League title winners at King Power Stadium to leave when he signed for Chelsea just over four years ago .
Seeking to get his career back on track, Drinkwater was signed by Villa in January as Dean Smith’s side sought to avoid immediate relegation to the Championship.
Drinkwater played 79 minutes on his Manchester City debut in a 6-1 mauling of Pep Guardiola’s side at Villa Park and only appeared three more times before his loan ended.
He did not stay past the June 30 deadline with the season extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Drinkwater, 31, is out of contract at the end of the season and has also spent time at Burnley and Kasimpasa.
“Can I paint a picture? No. It’s a mess, ”Drinkwater told talkSPORT radio station.
“It’s football, it’s never easy, it’s never easy. I’m just excited for the new challenges.
“I have to (launch my career). I’m more excited about this than I’ve been in a few years now, especially how my career has gone.
“The games, find the fun of football, then go from there. A few slipped, I made mistakes, I didn’t play.
“I’m in the last year of my contract so it’s not just football on it. I have other things.”
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