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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Chelsea close to agreeing deal with Real Madrid for Brazilian

     Real Madrid are weighing up a January move for Chelsea defender David Luiz. The Brazil international has dropped down the pecking order under Antonio Conte after falling out with the Italian following Chelsea's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Roma in October.

The 30-year-old was subsequently made to train alone and was dropped for the game against Manchester United and left on the bench against West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool.

Luiz has already been ruled out of Chelsea’s game with Swansea City on Wednesday as Conte says he requires further treatment to an ongoing knee problem.

'I must be honest at the moment it is difficult for me to answer [how long he will be sidelined],' said the Chelsea manager. 'It will be up to the doctor to assess it and take the best decision.'

Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in a £34million transfer 15 months ago and was named in the PFA Team of the Year last season as they went on to win the Premier League title.

However, the fall from grace under Conte has left him to question his future, knowing he needs to play regularly to retain his place in Brazil's World Cup squad for the summer.

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