First words: Danny Drinkwater transfer to Chelsea (interview)

Chelsea sign midfielder from Leicester

First words: Danny Drinkwater transfer to Chelsea

Did you used to have days like that one?

Never! I was full of emotions. There was disappointment, excitement, I was nervous, and and grateful that the transfer finally signed. Drinkwater transfer

I was fine in Leicester, but I wanted to win more trophies after the season when we became champions. And the Foxes were ok with my decision, as there is no better club for winning than Chelsea.

I have a good age for the game. I’ve got a lot of experience in the matches and hopefully it will show itself.

You will play under command of the Italian coach Antonio Conte. You have achieved an outstanding success at Leicester with another Italian coach, Claudio Ranieri, who is welcomed at Stamford Bridge…

I have the same attitude to Ranieri with a set of warm reminiscences about him. He is a great coach who seriously helped me. I’m still in touch with him and he has been like a father to me until now.

I’ve become tactically stronger with him, which is one of his leading coaching qualities. I think he seriously improved my positional game. Drinkwater transfer

Now you have to adapt to new tactical schemes…

Yes, this is a new test. This is a new coach, a new team – I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can start well.

Speaking about the debuts, Chelsea will travel to Leicester for the next Premier League game.

I do not know how incredible this coincidence is. I hope I will be well supported anyway. However, now I am a Chelsea player, so I will count on three points for the game.

If we go a little further, then Chelsea will play with Atletico the first away match in the Champions League. You played twice against them in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Yes, less than six months ago. The away match was held at their old stadium, but I’m sure that the new stadium will be a great place to play football. They will be obviously a tough rival. But there is no doubt we will be well prepared. I’m looking forward to the game and hopefully we will play better this time.

Do you have good memories from the final Premier League match in Leicester champion’s season when you draw 1:1 at Stamford Bridge?

Yes, I scored a goal, we celebrated after the game, and it was a good day. We did not want to lose, we had a winning streak, so it was like a cherry on the cake.

And, finally, we need to talk about N’Golo Kanté…

I played with N’Golo for one season, and really there was not a single game, I did not enjoy playing with him. I look forward to continue playing with him. I think we’ve found a common understanding from the first game and after that practically haven’t missed it. This is a great guy, the most humble person you can ever meet. I do not see he has changed much, and I’m expecting to see him again.

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