Both Gary Cahill, 30, and Loic Remy, 29, see this summer's European Championships as perhaps their final chance at making an impact at international level for their respective national teams, and that is supposedly the main motivator behind their rumored desires to leave Chelsea. Well, that, and the fact the neither has been playing a lot lately, with young Kurt Zouma continuing to hold down a starting spot over Cahill and Remy possibly falling even further down the striker pecking order with the impending arrival of Alexandre Pato.
Manager Guus Hiddink was asked about both players in his pre-match press conference earlier today.
"There are no concerns over [Gary's] chance of being in the Euros because he is of big value and he will prove that in the upcoming games. If a player is not playing frequently then they must get a bit frustrated and I talked with Gary a few days ago about this situation, which I like always to do with the key players. He is and will be of big importance with the multitude of games we are approaching."
"Gary was very open and very clear that he loves to stay at this club. There was no possible space left by him to say he is not happy here. Of course not playing gives a bit of frustration which is normal but I like very much his attitude in training. He never gives up and that will always be rewarded. There was no hint from him of wanting to leave the club."
-Guus Hiddink; source: Chelsea FC
So that's Cahill sorted. Interest from Roma (and Liverpool?) is supposedly there, but we're certainly better off keeping him at this moment than we are selling him, even with unknown quantity Matt Miazga coming in and playing an unspecified part.
But what about Loic Remy? The backup striker has been linked with a multitude of Premier League and foreign clubs, chief among them Newcastle United.
"He is injured for the moment. He has a slight injury on his calf and we'll see what will happen in the upcoming days. I don't think being injured now has an influence on him staying or going."
-Guus Hiddink; source: ESPN
Contrasting that response to the Cahill response, or the openness with which Hiddink talked about Pato's arrival, and it sure sounds like Remy's off then.