Drinkwater reunites with Kante in Chelsea/ Twitter

Chelsea have signed England midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m.

The 27-year-old was a key part of the Foxes side that won the Premier League in 2015-16, but asked to leave the club amid interest from the Blues.

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Chelsea have also signed defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

However, striker Fernando Llorente opted for Tottenham instead of a move to Stamford Bridge.

And Everton midfielder Ross Barkley also changed his mind about joining Antonio Conte’s side.

Leicester expect to confirm the signing of Adrien Silva, 28, from Sporting on Friday for £22m as a midfield replacement.

Drinkwater played in 35 of Leicester’s 38 league games in their title-winning season and formed an impressive midfield partnership with N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea last July.

He has yet to play this season because of a thigh injury.


The playmaker, who joined Leicester in 2012 from Manchester United, has won three England caps since making his international debut in March 2016.

Danny Drinkwater played 35 times as Leicester won the Premier League in 2015-16

‘I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started.

“It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.”