Guus Hiddink has dismissed speculation Cesc Fabregas could leave Chelsea in January and insists the Spaniard is happy at Stamford Bridge.
Earlier this week Fabregas, who has returned to training after recovering from illness, was linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus or Inter Milan.
However, interim boss Hiddink says the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder is not for sale.
“I think we need all our players here until the end of the season. Chelsea is still in a position where it needs to improve,” he said.
“We need all players for the moment so we don’t talk about rumours wherever they come from.
“He is happy here and coming in with a smile. Fabregas was in this morning. We played a game with the academy, he played a full game. He no longer has a fever.”
On the subject of potential signings in January, Hiddink remains coy, despite reports suggesting the Blues could move for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez.
“We of course know that the window is wide open so we’ll see. I’m not going to talk too much in advance as it’s a little bit when or if. I’ll talk inside our house,” he said.
“If you see our previous match when Diego [Costa] was out, plus we have some other injured players – I hope they recover fast to be available.
“We need double occupation for all positions but that’s not to say anything about the near or short-term future.”
Meanwhile, Hiddink admits he wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba back at the club, but is unsure in what role.
Drogba is currently playing for Montreal Impact in the MLS, but was in the directors’ box alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich for the 3-1 win over Sunderland.
“Those rare kind of ex-players with this big status really would be very good for any club to have, especially him because he’s a Chelsea legend,” Hiddink added.
“But he has a contract with Montreal at the moment, and we have to respect that also. It depends on the player himself.
“You have to give them time and opportunities to find out what’s best for them. It might be on the coaching staff, or ambassador. that’s a bit more of an official function for me.
“These guys need to be in the squad helping younger players, all the players, with their huge experience.
“I’m not in favour of a big ambassador travelling the world in a tie. I think they must give their huge experience to all, especially young kids, but also the older ones when they are in trouble in their career.”