Danny Drinkwater
It was a massive disappointment for Barnsley fans to learn that Manchester United accepted a £1 million bid for Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City which ended the midfielders loan spell at Oakwell.

Drinkwater has been speaking out about Barnsley's Bwin free Bet chances in the Championship since his departure, insisting that the club wont suffer because of his departure and the injury to fellow midfielder Jacob Butterfield, and bwin betting agrees.

“There are a lot of good players at Barnsley besides me and Jacob," said the 21-year-old.

"I think they can go on and have a great season. They are a good bunch of lads and I wish them all the best.

“I was expecting to stay at Barnsley until the end of the season but Leicester met the price that Man United wanted them to pay and I was allowed to speak to them. I wanted to sort out my long term future instead of being on loan so I have signed for Leicester. I have to thank Barnsley for helping  me massively this season and I will always like the club.

"I hope Barnsley supporters will understand that I worked my socks off for the club while I was there and that I was not looking for a move away.”

Ironically, it has turned out that Drinkwater's last game for Barnsley was against the club he is set to join, as he lead them to a 2-1 win over Leicester at the weekend. He set up both goals in a great performance which might have just made up the mind of Nigel Pearson that he should make a bid for the Manchester United player.

Despite Leicester's ambitions to make the Premier League this season and the budget that they have had this campaign, the win for Barnsley at the weekend put them ahead of Leicester in the Championship table but Drinkwater is hoping to overhaul his former club before the end of the season.

“It was a good last game to play in and a great result for Barnsley. But now I am at Leicester and I want to make sure we finish ahead of Barnsley.

“I see the move as a step on in my career. I wanted to keep playing regular Championship football and now I will be at a club who are genuine promotion contenders rather than a club who were play-off contenders at best.”

He has been a great player in his 18 appearances for the club, and Drinkwater will continue is progress for Leicester in the future.
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