Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater says he needs to “clean myself up” in order to get his career back on track after a “sticky” four years.
A Premier League winner with Leicester in 2016, Drinkwater has played only 29 games since joining Chelsea in 2017.
He also had off-field problems – a drink-driving charge, being assaulted in a nightclub and headbutting team-mate Jota while on loan at Aston Villa.
“I have taken a good look at myself loads of times,” he told the Telegraph.
“I told myself that I needed to clean myself up big time.
“I had a wake-up call after the drink-driving, another wake-up call after the nightclub and then another wake-up call after the incident at Villa. Then it’s like, this has got to stop.”
He was not allocated a squad number for 2019-20 when Chelsea announced theirs on Thursday, with new signing Thiago Silva taking Drinkwater’s former number six.