Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink insists the club cannot afford to let any of their players go during the January transfer window. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde told a press conference on 30 December he is keen to sign Blues back-up striker Loic Remy to help rescue the club's dismal campaign.
"Loic is a guy I know well, of course it would be an interesting player for the team," the Villa boss revealed. "He is one of the players I'll try to attract to Aston Villa, for sure. Loic is a special one because he knows the country and the league. I have got some targets who could be at this level without knowing the country and the league."
Hiddink was reluctant to discuss any incoming or outgoing transfers during his press conference ahead of the weekend trip to Crystal Palace. But when quizzed on the future of the France international, he appeared to dismiss the possibility of Remy leaving.
When asked about the striker, the Chelsea boss said: "He is our player, we are not going into that."
Hiddink was equally dismissive after being asked about reports from Corriere dello Sport linking Cesc Fabregas with moves to AC Milan or Juventus.
"We need all our players until the end of the season. You know as much as I do, Chelsea is still in a position where they have to improve a lot to go up the table; we need all the players for the this moment. We don't go into rumours."
The Chelsea boss was also quizzed on the immediate future of the club's young striker Patrick Bamford. The England Under-21 international has failed to start a single Premier League game during his loan spell at Crystal Palace this season and told reporters after the 0-0 draw with Swansea City he had played his last game for the Eagles.
Despite Bamford appearing to cut ties with Palace, Hiddink says the two clubs are still in talks over the next step.
"[Bamford] is an issue between the two clubs, and we respect that. The management and the directors will talk about the situation."
When asked about the club's own incoming business, Hiddink added: "Well, the window is wide open, we will see what we do, and I won't talk in advance about those things. It's a case of when and if and I will talk inside our house."