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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is reportedly set to remain at Chelsea despite Frank Lampard’s decision to sell the 29 year old this summer.
Reports emerged over the weekend that Lampard had already decided to get rid of the England international but while Standard Sport claim Lampard has held no discussions with Drinkwater over his future, Metro claim Lampard has told Drinkwater his future lies elsewhere.
According to Standard Sport, Drinkwater looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge because the midfielder is yet to receive any concrete offers to go elsewhere.
Drinkwater has struggled to make an impact since joining Chelsea from Leicester City in 2017 for £35m and his only appearance under Maurizio Sarri last season was as a substitute in the Community Shield.
It is believed Drinkwater’s £100k a week wages has been a deterrent for buying clubs and Chelsea might be forced to into subsidising his departure, according to Metro.
If Chelsea are unable to sell Drinkwater, Lampard will still be happy to keep the midfielder at the club as he would provide back-up to Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.
Drinkwater has been involved in Chelsea’s pre-season under Lampard, playing four out of six so far.