Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is unhappy that Remi Garde went public with his interest in Loic Remy and may not allow the striker to join Aston Villa on loan.
Garde confirmed on Wednesday that he would try to sign Remy once the transfer window re-opens, but The Guardian claims Hiddink will resist the departure of a player that has also been monitored by Swansea City, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
With Diego Costa suffering an inconsistent season and Radamel Falcao suffering a relapse of a thigh injury that is likely to rule him out until the end of January, Chelsea are short in attack and may even keep Patrick Bamford for the second half of the season after he ended his loan at Crystal Palace.
Asked about Garde’s comments about Remy, Hiddink said: “First of all, it’s important, in the situation Chelsea are in, that we have the most powerful squad possible.
“He’s our player and you have to respect where the players are. If you are interested, talk first to the people with whom they are contracted.
“You cannot go into details [at a press conference], but the player has signed a contract here and must be fit for us first.
“He’s having a difficult time regarding his injuries. He has to prove first of all that he’s a good Chelsea player.”