SARRI EXPLAINS REASON FOR DRINKWATER SNUB

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Chelsea signed Danny Drinkwater on transfer deadline day back in August 2017 from Leicester City under Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old was a bit-part player under Conte, but he has been unable to break into the Maurizio Sarri squad, featuring only in Chelsea’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City at the start of the season.

Drinkwater has been deemed surplus to requirements by Sarri and has only made the matchday squad in two games since then across all competitions – at home to Cardiff in September and against Derby in the EFL Cup.

Sarri revealed in December that Drinkwater was free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses because the England international doesn’t fit into his 4-3-3 system.

And now, ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League clash with Slavia Prague, the Chelsea manager has revealed why he hasn’t been featuring the Englishman.

Explaining why Drinkwater hasn’t featured under him, Sarri said: “He knows very well, he has never played because in my opinion he is not suited to my system and my way of playing.

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

“He’s not adaptable, that is my opinion. I spoke with him in August when the market was open.

“I said to him to look for something different because in my opinion he doesn’t play. I said to him the reasons, my reasons, but he decided to stay.

“I have a very good relationship with him because in my opinion he is a good boy, a good player but he is not suitable for me.

“I don’t know [why he stayed], he hoped we could change the decision.”

Earlier this week, Drinkwater was arrested for suspected drunk-driving offences, hours before Chelsea’s 2-0 win against West Ham.

The 29-year-old midfielder crashed his Range Rover into a Skoda at approximately 12.30am on Monday.

Drinkwater, is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 13 May, and rumours claim that the 29-year-old who was only released on bail, have been partying a lot this season.

Sarri also revealed that he’s yet to talk to Drinkwater, but will do so on Friday.

“Yesterday I arrived on the pitch and training was beginning with (Gianfranco) Zola, and after training I went immediately to work because I wanted to see the last match of Slavia.

“Danny always trains with us. Sometimes, if we are away, maybe once or twice a month (he doesn’t). Usually he has the training with us.”

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