The 31-year-old joined the Blues in a £35 million deal from Leicester four years ago, but he has only made twelve Premier League appearances for the club and only 23 overall.
Drinkwater made an encouraging start for the Royals against Fulham at the weekend, but his career has taken a dramatic turn for a guy who was an England international when he moved to Stamford Bridge from the King Power Stadium.
And after not playing in the Premier League for the Blues since 2018, the three-time England international reveals he is looking forward to getting his career back on track.
'May I paint a picture for you?' No. Drinkwater told talkSPORT, "It's been a catastrophe."
It's football; it's never simple or uncomplicated. I'm just looking forward to new challenges. I need to [get my career off to a good start]. I'm more enthused about this than I've been in a long time, especially considering how my career has turned out.
Games, regaining the enjoyment of football, and then moving on. 'I'm in the final year of my contract, so there's more than football riding on it,' says the player. 'A few have slipped away, I've made mistakes, I haven't played.' 'I'm busy with other things.
Drinkwater has had a number of off-field troubles in recent years, including drunken driving incidents, allegations of headbutting Jota while on loan at Villa, and being the target of a nightclub attack shortly after joining Burnley.
However, he now claims to be 'hungry for games' and is eager to establish trust and take the next steps in his career.
'I'm desperate for games, I know my position, and I know it's not what I've expected for the past ten years,' he continued. So I've needed to make some changes, and I'm taking the appropriate steps in that direction.
'All I have to do now is maintain in touch with the management, trust each other, and trust the squad,' she says. Hopefully, they will have faith in me and we will be able to build on that.'
Drinkwater is thought to be on a £110,000-per-week Chelsea contract, although he stated last year that he was seeing a sports psychologist to help him deal with the past few years' turmoil.
'I understand that my Chelsea move hasn't gone as planned and that I've made mistakes, but it's not as easy as me not playing football or earning a living,' Drinkwater told The Telegraph.
'Money does not solve any problems. The pay check doesn't help much, and you don't even consider money.'
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