David Luiz reportedly opens talks over a return to Benfica having currently failed to pen a fresh contract with Chelsea.

Chelsea defender David Luiz eyeing Benfica return?

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has reportedly opened talks with Benfica regarding a potential return to his former club.

Luiz is currently in his second spell at Stamford Bridge but although the 31-year-old remains a first-team regular, the Blues are against offering the centre-back more than a one-year contract extension.

That has left the Brazilian with six months remaining on his existing deal and free to talk to foreign clubs about a move in the summer, and it appears that discussions have already started regarding an exit from the Blues.

According to reports in Portugal, Benfica are keen for a reunion with Luiz during the summer and the player is open to a second period at Estadio da Luz.

Luiz represented Benfica between 2007 and 2011, with six goals being scored from 132 appearances in all competitions.

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Chelsea in advanced talks with Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes?

Chelsea have reportedly increased their efforts to sign Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.

The Blues are in the market for a replacement for the outgoing Cesc Fabregas, and the Premier League outfit have been strongly linked with Cagliari Calcio's Nicolo Barella.

However, the Italy international is allegedly against a move in January and according to Sportitalia, that has led to Chelsea moving into advanced talks regarding the addition of Paredes.

The report claims that Barella's asking price was also a factor, with Paredes's alleged price-tag of £31.5m lower than Barella's value of £40.6m.

Chelsea are also keen to bring in a new frontman, leaving Paredes as the most attractive option at the midway point of the campaign.

Burnley look like vintage Clarets once again – Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor feels Burnley’s players have “looked back to ourselves” in the last three games following clear-the-air talks about how their season was going.

The 5-1 Boxing Day loss to Everton at Turf Moor was Burnley’s ninth defeat in 11 Premier League matches and left them 18th in the table.

Since then they have registered back-to-back league victories, 2-0 against West Ham and 2-1 at Huddersfield, and moved out of the relegation zone.

And the winning run was extended last weekend as they beat Barnsley 1-0 in the FA Cup.

Boss Sean Dyche, who guided the club to a seventh-placed finish last term, spoke earlier this month about how there had been a frank exchange of views at a meeting prior to the match against the Hammers.

And ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Fulham, full-back Taylor said: “Before the West Ham game we had a few meetings, a few clear-the-airs, and said what needed to be said, and we have just looked back to ourselves the last three games.

“We look like the Burnley of old. We are all working hard for each other.

“The first half of the season we were not as good as what we needed to be, and we knew that. We knew we needed to change it or we’d be in real danger. So that’s helped, and we’re moving in the right direction now.

“People voiced their opinions about where maybe we were going wrong and what we needed to improve on, and how we were going to get out of the relegation zone, what needed to be done. So far we have improved and it has worked.

“We have a lot of big characters in the dressing room, and they have helped. We have a lot of players who have been there and done a lot of stuff in their careers. You need them to pull through when times are hard.

“We got the stats and all our stats were up, and just the confidence from the first win has helped, then moving into Huddersfield and winning in the cup last week.

“Confidence is huge in football, that has helped a lot and we want to carry that into Saturday as well.”

Summer signing Joe Hart, who had played in each of the first 19 league games this term, was dropped after the Everton match and Burnley have instead had Tom Heaton in goal for the last two league outings.

Taylor said when asked about Hart: “Joe is a top professional and a top player.

“We have a lot of top-class goalkeepers here and only one can play, so it’s a tough decision for the manager, and he made the call of putting Tom back in.

“I think everyone would say Joe has played really well this season and is unlucky to lose his place, but that’s football, and Tom has come in and results have happened.

“It’s unlucky on Joe, but he’s not changed anything around the place – he’s still a top pro, a top player and is brilliant to have in the dressing room.”

Burnley – currently 16th in the table, two points above the relegation zone – host a Fulham outfit who are four points adrift of safety in 19th place.

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