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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is close to completing a loan trade to Turkish club Kasimpasa, the PA news agency learned.
Drinkwater, winner of the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, has made just 23 appearances for Chelsea since his £ 35 million move in 2017.
He has not appeared in the first team since the 2018 Community Shield clash against Manchester City.
The 30-year-old has been training with Chelsea’s Under-23s and was sent off in a development team game against Tottenham in December.
Drinkwater’s time at Chelsea has been marked by a series of incidents off the field., and has been looking for a loan abroad since the summer.
The three-international English midfielder has endured testing loan spells at Burnley and Aston Villa for the past few years and will see this opportunity in Turkey as a fresh start.
Drinkwater had received interest from various Bundesliga clubs, but is now close to finalizing a trade to Kasimpasa, who is 13th in the Super Lig table with six wins in 17 matches.
It had been claimed that Chelsea wanted to sell Drinkwater for around £ 3.5 million.. However, now another loan exit is at stake.
It would be the first spell abroad of his career.
Lampard full of Parker praise
Chelsea, meanwhile, continue preparations to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Boss Frank Lampard has praised the managerial acumen of his Fulham counterpart and former Chelsea teammate Scott Parker, and the Cottagers have shown a resurgence after a poor start to the season.
Fulham claimed their fifth consecutive draw in the Premier League by beating Tottenham 1-1 on Wednesday, having also drawn with champions Liverpool last month.
And Lampard believes Parker is already showing his prowess as a top manager.
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“He’s diligent, he’s got a good football brain and he’s very determined,” Lampard said. “He wants to do well in everything he does and prepares well.
“Everything as a player made me think that Scott could go on to be coach and coach. The only question is if they want to.
“He showed his ideas very quickly when he put on his coach badges and started his way to the youth teams and so on.
“He has done fantastically well, he has done fantastically well and he will continue to do so.”
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