Danny Drinkwater says he is looking forward to working with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after enjoying great success under another Italian: Claudio Ranieri.
Chelsea signed Drinkwater in a £35m deal from Leicester after a protracted negotiations between the two Premier League clubs over the midfielder’s transfer fee.
The England international was part of the famous Leicester City team that won the Premier League title under Ranieri in the 2015-16 season.
Drinkwater scored two goals and made seven assists to help the Foxes finish ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title race.
The 27-year-old endured a tough 2017-18 campaign like most of his Leicester team-mates as Ranieri was sacked following a lacklustre defence of their top-flight crown.
Drinkwater will be tasked with helping to fill the void left by Nemanja Matic after Chelsea sold the experienced Serbia international to Manchester United in a £40m deal last month.
The Chelsea signing lifted the lid on the impact that Ranieri has on his career as Drinkwater prepares to start life under another Italian coach.
“I have fond memories as well. He [Ranieri] is class,” Drinkwater told Chelsea’s website.
“He helped me massively. I speak to him every now and again still and he was like a kind of father figure to me.
“I learnt tactically from him, that was one of his main strengths. Positionally I think he improved my game massively.”
Chelsea were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley following a surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their season opener.
The Blues were 2-0 victors over Everton in their last Premier League outing.
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