Speaking about Chelsea’s desperate search for new signings this week, Conte said: “I think I am the coach of this team, my aim is to improve the players”. And while Kante has since departed to Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater is still contracted to Leicester, despite being interested in a move to the London club.
The fact that Nemanja Matic has joined Manchester United will only further accentuate Chelsea’s need for more depth in midfield, thus making Drinkwater an ideal target.
The 27-year-old played a major role in helping the Foxes win the title in 2015/16 while he’s also been recognised at worldwide level after breaking in to the England national team set-up.
Shakespeare was true to his word and started Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria global asking to leave the King Power Stadium. Furthermore, if the deal goes through, this could be a good move for Drinkwater since he will be making a step up to one of the best clubs in Europe. We want to be looking up rather than down.
“We were in the bottom half for most of the season so this season we don’t want to be there again”. I have always answered this question, not only once but twice, three times’. However, despite being linked with Arsenal and Roma, Mahrez remains a Leicester player as both clubs’ interest has petered out, largely due to the Foxes’ financial demands.
“You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it’s important for him to play”.
The Blues were beaten on penalties by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley last weekend as they missed the chance to win their first trophy of the season. You have to deal with reality but also keep a calmness about you as well’.
“I can only speak on how I’ve found him coming back, he has been focussed and driven”, said the Leicester manager.