Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Transfer Rumour: Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater considering summer exit

Transfer Rumour: Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater considering summer exit

But since he began to be plagued by a back problem in December, the Spanish global has netted just twice.

Despite carrying the injury, Morata continued to play through the pain barrier and now admits it was a mistake on his behalf.

He said: "Everything was good until I had the problems with my back".

In the past it has also been felt that Chelsea's players had a huge amount of power and that when results have dipped the club's Russian owner has often been too fast to blame the manager. Now it's in the past.

Centre-back Aymeric Laporte was the latest defensive splurge and cost City £57 million in January, and many at Old Trafford might argue more signings on that level would cut the distance in the Premier League title race.

Chelsea are weighing up a number of summer targets, the report claims, and understand that failure to qualify for the Champions League may force them to switch targets. This is the first of two games between the sides, with an FA Cup semi-final date pencilled in for the week after.

Even if they do manage to pull it off, Chelsea winger Willian admitted it would not make up for their substandard campaign. This season has been hard because we have lost a lot of points, especially at home.

The midfielder was brought in by Chelsea, following the departure of mainstay Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, with the hope of recreating the N'Golo Kante - Drinkwater partnership, that had fired Leicester City to a Premier League title back in the 2015/16 season. Conte will therefore have to name a strong line up to face the south coast side, as he aims for only his second away win in 2018.

He said: "It would have been better if I'd stopped".

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