Chelsea news: Frank Lampard sends transfer message to outcast Danny Drinkwater | Football | Sport

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And Lampard has promised that he will give all of Chelsea’s fringe players a chance to play their way into his team over the next month.

The former Leicester midfielder has had a nightmare two years at Chelsea after joining in a £35 million deal in the summer of 2017.

Drinkwater has made only 23 appearances for Chelsea in that time – and last term under Maurizio Sarri was completely out in the cold – his only showing in a Chelsea shirt incredibly being in the Community Shield game at the start of the campaign.

He was told by Sarri he was not in the Italian’s plans, and even left out of the club’s Europa League squad.

His career then hit an all time low when he was charged with drink driving after his car hit a wall in Cheshire. He pleaded guilty was banned from driving for 20 months.

But Drinkwater has now been offered a lifeline by incoming manager Lampard, who has insisted that every player starts with a clean slate.

Drinkwater was in the Chelsea squad that flew to Dublin yesterday to begin their pre-season preparations. They face Bohemians in Lampard’s first match in charge in friendly on Wednesday, then meet St Patrick’s, and on Monday week fly to Japan.

Lampard said: “Everybody will have the opportunity to show what they can do.

“I will be looking at their attitude, the way they play and train, in pre-season and onwards.

“I would be a fool to come here with ideas that I’m going to freeze anybody out, I want to get the best out of the squad.

“Everybody has an opportunity. I have no pre-conceived ideas about anybody. I already have a good knowledge of the squad, but I need to see them over the next month.”

One player though who looks set to be leaving, with Lampard intent on only keeping players who want to play for the club, is striker Alvaro Morata, set to make his loan move to Atletico Madrid permanent in a £50m deal in the next week. The Spaniard had made it clear that he wanted to stay at Atletico.

Another player who will not be returning is winger Victor Moses, on an 18 month loan to Fenerbahce. He said: “I will be wearing a Fenerbahce shirt next season. I am not thinking of leaving this summer.”

Striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan at Crystal Palace last season, and midfielders Kenedy and Lucas Piazon also travelled.

Gary Cahill, whose contract came to an end last week, looks set to join former club Aston Villa.



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