At the lowest points of this season, many fans were calling for half the team to be sold, and it seems like the Chelsea management are not totally against the idea. With Papy Djilibodji and Ramires having already left, there are now reports linking both Cahill and Remy with an exit from Stamford Bridge as well.
The initial Cahill report was from none other than Reuters, who claimed that the vice captain of England’s national team is scared for his Euros spot, after having fallen down the pecking order this season, as Guus Hiddink seems to prefer playing a center back pairing of Kurt Zouma and captain John Terry. The London Evening Standard even went on to link the Englishman with AS Roma. While there were various reports claiming that Remy is interested in move away even before the turn of the year.
And the Chelsea manager, in his press conference today, has given a tiny bit of a hint on what is actually going on behind our blue curtains. This is what he had to say on both players:
“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.”
And on Remy:
“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.”
It has been quite regular for Hiddink to deny and brush reports off, whenever quizzed about outgoing and incoming players. And him leaving the door so open like that probably indicates that there is something going on for the Frenchman, especially when compared to his denial of any Cahill related moves(which could still be a bluff)
Hiddink’s statements coincided with this bit of news coming out into the fold:
Loic Remy to #LCFC. Sorry Newcastle fans.
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 29, 2016
So my guess is that things are happening but perhaps talks are not so advanced yet, but in any case, unless something dramatic happens, we will likely have seen the last Loic Remy.
Thanks for helping us win the league and good luck trying to win it again, I guess?