Chelsea misfit Danny Drinkwater has said he has 'unfinished business' with his parent club and that his time with the Blues has been 'nothing but frustrating'.
The former Leicester and England midfielder is currently on loan at Kasimpasa in Turkey, having secured a loan move in January after a nightmare time at Stamford Bridge since he arrived from the Foxes for £35million in 2017.
Drinkwater hasn't played for Chelsea since 2018, his last appearance in a Blues shirt being the 2018/19 Community Shield against Manchester City. Despite this, he remains determined to have an impact in west London.
'I want to continue with Chelsea. I feel like I have unfinished business with this club,' Drinkwater said on the Elmatch Program.
Drinkwater has managed just seven appearances for Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig. He missed the start of the season after suffering a freak injury during a swimming pool workout.
Regarding whether he could force his way into Thomas Tuchel's current Chelsea squad, Drinkwater said: 'I would like to think so. I don't know if it is a good idea to go back to Chelsea and start declaring these things. I have got a long way to go.'
Drinkwater, who was part of Leicester's Premier League title-winning team in 2016, has made just 23 appearances for Chelsea in total.
Before heading to Turkey, the 31-year-old had been relegated to the reserves, where he was sent off against Tottenham, and had commissioned his own showreel ahead of the January transfer window, featuring some of his finest finishes in a bid to attract clubs.
Asked why his Chelsea career has cratered so badly, Drinkwater expressed frustration at not being given the opportunity to prove himself.
'It was a big price tag at the time but I felt it was exciting. It was a new change, I felt I could play and show my worth. I just think it was a lack of chances,' he said.
'My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating. It is a weird position that I am in. It is definitely different but I don't think I am the first, nor will I be the last. This is part of football.'
He revealed that then Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who Drinkwater claimed to have a good relationship with, told him he needed to find a new club on transfer deadline day after the Italian signed midfielder Jorginho.
'[Sarri] gave me one hour of the window,' Drinkwater said,
'He said, "I think you're gonna get frustrated", he explained and was honest, which was great. But I had one hour to find a club because I wasn't willing to go abroad. I'd just had a son, I wanted to be close to my son.
'And I didn't want to be part of the loan structure, it was a lot of mixed feelings. So I decided to stay, I was baffled.
'There were days where I got frustrated at the whole situation, things started to happen off the pitch that shouldn't have.'
Drinkwater also opened up on how he has struggled to remain in love with football. Before going to Kasimpasa, Drinkwater had two miserable loan spells with Burnley and Aston Villa, where he managed just six appearances between both clubs.
'I have to try and start enjoying my football again because in this moment it has disappeared,' he said.
'I keep working hard, I keep grafting and I am doing the right things at the right times and I need to stay injury free and see where it takes me.
'It is a short career so I need to keep doing the right things and hope things turn around.'
Drinkwater may have some way to go to re-ingratiate himself with Chelsea fans after several pilloried him for sharing a photo of himself celebrating minutes after Frank Lampard was sacked.