Danny Drinkwater is looking more likely to be back at Chelsea in January, as his rapid decline continues.
The Blues midfielder was loaned out to Burnley in the summer on a short-term loan deal until 6 January.
According to the Sun, Burnley have the option to extend his loan deal at Turf Moor in January and they are set to let him return to his parent club.
The report explains that Sean Dyche’s side would have to continue paying £120,000-a-week wages to keep him on loan and the Clarets are now looking elsewhere for alternative options.
Drinkwater, 29, has played just one senior game this season and that came in a Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland.
He’s been completely out of favour with Burnley due to form and injuries, which is why it would be no surprise to see him move again.
As he looks set to head back to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have a decision to make about his future.
Drinkwater was an integral part of Leicester winning the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season and followed that up the next campaign with another impressive campaign.
His £35million (BBC) move to Chelsea in the 2017 summer seemed odd at the time and it’s not worked out for him since, making just 23 senior appearances for the club.
There seems absolutely no chance he could break back into Lampard’s youthful setup now after a poor loan at Burnley and unfortunately there isn’t a place for him at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea should preferably sell him in January if they can to get him off the books, but another loan move seems the more likely option where hopefully he can try play regular football again.