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Drinkwater moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City in 2017 but he's not played a competitive game for the club in nearly four years.
The 32-year-old has had loan spells with Burnley, Aston Villa, Turkish outfit Kasımpaşa and most recently Reading since then.
His time at Chelsea is coming to an end and in a lengthy post on Instagram, he took responsibility for the way his career has panned out.
The statement reads: "My time at @chelseafc has come to an end… actually feels really strange writing this. Me, the club and fans are hugely disappointed with the outcome there is no doubt about that.
"Injuries, how I have been treated, mistakes I have made, issues off the pitch, lack of game time… the list of excuses could be endless but I would not and cannot change what's happened.
"I'm going to look at positives over the past 5 years, I have played with great players, coached by awesome managers, worked with some brilliant staff, met some fantastic people, lived in some beautiful places, travelled the world and won some more silverware.
"Footballs a fantastic sport but this for both parties was a business move gone wrong, it's as black and white as that.
"To the @chelseafc fans I apologise for how this has turned out I would of loved for u to see me at my best in that shirt doing what I love. All the best x."
It's very rare to see a footballer take ownership of a bad situation in this manner. The post has gone viral and fans have had their say.
One commented: "He’s being brutally honest. Defines the kind of person he is."
Another said: "A rare occurrence these days. Fair play."
A third put: "This is class from him tbf."
While someone tweeted: "Very refreshing to read something like this from an athlete."
Drinkwater was signed by former manager Antonio Conte for £35 million and he made 22 appearances in his debut campaign.
That would see him earn his only silverware with the Blues too, the 2018 FA Cup.
The midfielder was part of Leicester's Premier League title winning team and made three appearances for England while playing for The Foxes.
He hoped to kick on in his career and make the step up, but it didn't pan out that way.
Off-field issues for Drinkwater included a ban for drink-driving in addition to being attacked outside a nightclub while on loan at Burnley.
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