Drinkwater needs to play football again after being out - Lampard

Mon 18 January 2021 | 22:36

Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard believes personal problems have dragged Danny Drinkwater's career back. He also added that he hopes the best for the midfielder at Kasimpasa.

The Blues midfielder was moved in from Leicester in a £35 million ($47m) deal in 2017, but has played just 12 Premier League games for



The 30-year-old has been training with


's Under-23s team for some months now. He has some off-field issues, including a drink driving charge, being attacked in a nightclub.

"The important thing now for Danny is to think of the short term,"


answered the reporters.

"I’m not being negative there but I'm just saying to go and play some games because I think that will paint a picture of how we move forward from there.

"If he plays games, plays regularly, he’ll feel better, then we can cross that bridge when it comes to the end of the season about where that takes us forward for Danny and for ourselves.

"There's been some difficult circumstances for Danny, for himself, just some things have been the situation around him, which has not always been in his hands either. Some things he takes responsibility for, some things are not right on both sides.

"So let's try and probably use this as a catalyst and look forward. It’s a positive move that he is going to play football and then we’ll see where we are at.

"Hopefully he can get some games behind them because at the moment he's not been getting games, it’s not a great situation. So let’s hope we can improve that situation for him first and foremost."


revealed that he is interested in fitness and focusing on his football.

"It has been a long time coming but I am glad I am finally here,"

he announced on the website. 

"The club worked very hard [to sign me] and I can't wait to get started. It will be a good new experience with a lot of new things for me to get used to like the language and culture but it is an experience and I am excited about it.

"The facilities are great, I had seen photos but in real life it is lovely. The goal is to get back playing, I need fitness and I am here to help Kasimpasa and I am hoping to finish in the Europa League places and see where we go from there."



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