Danny Drinkwater, a former midfielder for Chelsea and England, has announced his retirement from professional football.
After being released from Chelsea in July of last year, the Premier League title winner with Leicester City made the decision to hang up his boots, saying he had been “in limbo too long.”
The 33-year-old said, “I’d just like to announce my retirement from professional football,” on the High-Performance Podcast. Danny Drinkwater, the winner of the Premier League trophy, announces his retirement from sport at the age of just 33. Though it’s undoubtedly been a while coming—especially in light of the past year—I believe the time has come to make the official announcement.
Despite going through Manchester United’s academy, Drinkwater never played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team because of loan stints at Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford, and Barnsley. However, he signed with Leicester in 2012, and the team won promotion to the Premier League in 2014, which launched his career.
Drinkwater appeared in 35 of Leicester’s 38 league games, contributing significantly to their unexpected Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri in 2015–16
Before Chelsea signed him for £35 million, he spent one more season playing for Leicester. Following his 22 appearances in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater spent time on loan at Aston Villa, Burnley, Reading in the Championship, and Turkish club Kasimpasa.