Chelsea cool interest in England global after seeing £15M bid turned down

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

The addition of Drinkwater could also still see Chelsea pursue moves for fellow England internationals Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Conte eyes as many as four more new signings before the transfer deadline. And while Kante has since departed to Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater is still contracted to Leicester, despite being interested in a move to the London club.

The report says the Foxes have put a £40m price-tag on the midfielder - the same fee the Blues received for Matic.

Leicester value Drinkwater at over £30 million due to his key contributions to the team over the last few years, including in their Premier League-winning season when he played alongside N'Golo Kante.

Shakespeare was true to his word and started Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria global asking to leave the King Power Stadium.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

It's somewhat surprising Drinkwater would want to go from an established starter with the Foxes to perhaps spending most of his time on the bench at Chelsea.

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"I think every club is living in that reality, so we have to deal with it".

Roma have been heavily linked with Mahrez, who had asked Leicester to be sold and spoke in positive terms about the Giallorossi, but Shakespeare made it clear his club would not be bullied into selling any of their stars.

"We were quite good a year ago on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

Chelsea are in desperate need of reinforcements and have just 14 experienced players in their squad for the start of the Premier League season.

"You know when you have good players there might be an interest in them".

"I can only speak on how I've found him coming back, he has been focussed and driven", said the Leicester manager.

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