Chelsea fans have been reprimanded by Danny Drinkwater for his “business mistake” in confirming the end to his five-year tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater’s Reading loan period ended last week and the 32-year-old has now made his Chelsea exit.
In 2017, the former England midfielder, who was originally from Leicester, joined the Blues for PS35million. However, he failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater was never able to adapt to his role in west London, despite numerous injuries and other problems.
After helping Leicester win the league in 2015, the former Manchester United trainee is now a free agent after four loans in three seasons to finish his Chelsea tenure.
Drinkwater wrote on Instagram, “My time at Chelsea is over. It feels strange writing this.”
“Me, the club, and the fans are enormously disappointed, there is no question about that.
Although football is a great sport, this was a bad business move for both sides.
“Injuries, the way I was treated, the mistakes I made, the issues off the pitch, the lack of game time, the list could go on and on, but I wouldn’t change anything.
“Football is a great sport, but this was a business move gone sour for both sides. It’s as simple as that.
“To Chelsea fans, I am sorry for the way this turned out.
“I would love for you to see me in that shirt doing what my heart desires.”
After a crash in which the drink-drive limit was exceeded, drinking water was prohibited from driving for 20 consecutive months.
He was later caught in a fight at a nightclub and has struggled to rebuild his career.
Drinkwater stated, “I’m going look at positives in the past five years.”
“I’ve played with great players, been coached by amazing managers, worked with brilliant staff, met some incredible people, traveled the world, and won more silverware.“