Danny Drinkwater

Official: Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater joins Aston Villa on loan

Aston Villa have this afternoon confirmed the loan signing of out-of-favour Chelsea man Danny Drinkwater.

Blues stint

29-year-old midfielder Drinkwater has been on Chelsea’s books since the summer of 2017, when he made the move to Stamford Bridge from Premier League rivals Leicester City.

However, to say that the Englishman’s time with the capital giants has proven a disappointment would be putting it lightly.

Drinkwater’s first two seasons on Chelsea’s books saw the midfielder manage 5 total league starts.

As such, it came as little surprise to see him on the move this past summer, when Drinkwater joined Burnley on a 6-month loan.

The 3-time capped international’s struggles continued throughout his Turf Moor stint, though, as Drinkwater went on to notch a solitary Premier League appearance in the colours of the Clarets, last month vs Manchester City.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Danny Drinkwater of Burnley during the Carabao Cup Second Round fixture between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor on August 28, 2019 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

As such, Burnley unsurprisingly opted not to attempt to extend Drinkwater’s loan beyond its expiration yesterday morning.

Villa switch

The experienced midfielder, though, has today been handed yet another opportunity to revive his career.

As outlined above, relegation-battling Aston Villa have secured the midfielder’s services on loan from Chelsea until the end of the campaign.

The Villans made the news official a short time ago, in an announcement across the club’s social media channels:

Drinkwater has since opened up on his excitement at making the move to Villa Park, as well as his hopes of helping Dean Smith’s outfit to stave off relegation:

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