FORMER Premier League star Danny Drinkwater has lost £782,000 from a failed restaurant business.
The ex-Chelsea and Leicester City footballer — who announced his retirement last week, aged 33 — was informed of the loss by liquidators.
His trendy Manchester restaurant FoodWell, opened in 2018, went bust last year after racking up £2million debts.
Drinkwater told how his career crashed after he moved from Leicester to Chelsea in a £35million deal in 2017, but made little impression.
He said: “It was the darkest I’d felt. It was like I was drowning and forgotten how to swim.
“Anyone who thinks earning good money will solve all of your problems is not true at all.
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“Mental health is more important than physical. It was the darkest I’d ever felt and it was like I was drowning and forgotten how to swim.”
He will be hoping his latest restaurant business has better luck, despite currently being £1.1million in debt.
Drinkwater now owns 70 per cent of restaurant business Firefly, also in Manchester.