Chelsea face losing £35m midfielder to London rival

West Ham United were heavily linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in the winter transfer window.

Maurizio Sarri has told the Telegraph that Danny Drinkwater has no future at Stamford Bridge.

The Hammers were interested in signing Danny Drinkwater in January, but they were unable to do a deal.

The England international was signed by Chelsea for £35 million back in 2017, but he has failed to make much of an impression and Maurizio Sarri’s latest comments suggest that Danny Drinkwater needs to look for a new club in the next transfer window.

“As he knows very well, he has never played because, in my opinion, he is not suitable to my system, to my way of playing. I told him everything in August,” he said.

“He appreciated it, but he decided to stay at Chelsea. Why has he stayed? I don’t know. Probably he hoped we could change the system, I think.

“I cannot do anything [for him]. A player usually wants only to play, so I cannot do anything.”

West Ham are believed to be searching for central midfielders and could have money to spend at the end of the campaign and Chelsea misfit could the top target in the summer.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team have, perhaps, performed slightly below expectations this term – and look likely to finish in the bottom half.

If Danny Drinkwater was to arrive at London rivals, he would compete with the likes of Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble and Declan Rice for a spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s team.