Proven 27-year-old told to reject summer transfer to Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater shouldn't join Chelsea from Leicester, according to Ray Wilkins

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Danny Drinkwater has been told not to join Chelsea from Leicester City this summer by former Blues coach Ray Wilkins.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer and that speculation heightened on Wednesday when he was widely reported to have handed in a transfer request at Leicester.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be able to conclude a deal to sign Drinkwater before the transfer window drops shut at 23:00 BST on Thursday night.

However, former Chelsea coach Wilkins has urged Drinkwater not to seek a move to Stamford Bridge because he is unlikely to get much regular playing time with the Blues.

Wilkins said on talkSPORT on Wednesday: “Danny has done really well over the last couple of years. The important thing again is to play.

“If Danny comes to Chelsea, (Tiemoue) Bakayoko has cost £40m, (N’Golo) Kante everybody loves.

“Is he going to get a game with Fabregas as well?

“If I was Danny I’d go somewhere where I would play personally.”

Chelsea have been linked with a whole host of players this summer as Antonio Conte looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for honours on four fronts.

The Blues, who beat Everton 2-0 on Sunday, have so far tied up deals for Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season as well as make their mark in the Champions League after having missed out on a place in Europa altogether last season.

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