Date: 9th August 2018 at 12:00pm
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wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place amid suggestions of a potential departure, reports Simon Johnson of the Evening Standard

 Following the loan signing of Mateo Kovacic, the central-midfield position is rather stacked. Drinkwater is behind the likes of Ross Barkley, Cesc Fabregas, the aforementioned Kovacic and to an extent Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order. A loan move is more likely than a permanent move with interest from West Ham, Crystal Palace and former club Leicester

The 28-year-old signed for Chelsea from Leicester in a £35 million deal on transfer deadline day last summer. However, he has failed to cement a place in Chelsea’s starting eleven. Drinkwater only made 12 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring once. Drinkwater’s only goal came in a 5-0 demolition of Stoke City over the Christmas period.

However, Drinkwater is concentrating on fighting for his place at the Bridge and hopes to prove his worth to Head Coach, .