That dial sure is starting to creep towards eleven. All three of our headliners are away on international duty, which tends to provide journalists with extra opportunities for questions and answers and the occasional choice quote.
Some, like Willian, aren't all that happy to oblige this media non-sense.
"I don't think about that. I'm here on Copa America duty with Brazil and I'm not here to do interviews about other things."
"[Contract talks] is something my agent deals with."
-Willian; source: The Sun
The last sentence was a response to a specific question about a possible contract extension with Chelsea. Willian's current deal is set to run out in two years, which makes this summer the summer of key decisions. Rumors that were started by The Sun yesterday link Willian with former boss Mourinho (whom he regards very highly, obviously) in a €60m move. That seems ... far-fetched, to say the least, even if Willian was the one obvious standout player in the squad last season.
A bit more obliging towards the media circus is Thibaut Courtois, who gave a variation of his standard answer to questions about his future. He probably felt the need to resort to something like this after having already confirmed his desire to stay at Chelsea.
"I have three more years on my contract with Chelsea. If nothing strange happens, I will still be at Chelsea next year."
-Thibaut Courtois; source: Evening Standard
Are we talking Biblical plague-strange? Hipster doofus strange? Christophe Lollichon training session-strange? You gotta be more specific with your feedback!
While it's safe to stay that neither Willian nor Courtois will be moving this summer, one man who seems more than ready to do so is Romelu Lukaku. Here are more words from him.
"I'm at a point where I have to make a good career choice. We have a new investor at Everton, and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles."
"I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV. That is why I play football. I get that trophy-winning mindset from Chelsea."
"People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton, but I am respected in England by fans, managers and experts like Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry."
-Romelu Lukaku; source: Star