Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has dismissed the prospect of striker Loic Remy leaving Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.
Remy has struggled for regular first-team football since joining the reigning Premier League champions from QPR in 2014.
The 29-year-old has made just one league start this season and been strongly linked with a move to Aston Villa, whose manager Remi Garde has confirmed his interest in the striker.
Hiddink felt Garde’s public courting of Remy lacked respect and the coach told a news conference that he is hopeful the Frenchman can deliver for Chelsea once his fitness problems subside.
“He will stay until the end of the season,” said Hiddink, whose side entertain West Brom on Wednesday.
“I have seen little of him because he repeatedly fell into injury. I am curious. I hope Remy picks it up. I hope he will deliver if he is needed.”
Diego Costa has failed to reproduce his goalscoring form of last season, while Radamel Falcao has been beset by injuries since joining the club on a season long loan deal.
Patrick Bamford is now back at Stamford Bridge following a fruitless loan spell at Crystal Palace, but Hiddink is unsure of what to expect from him as he mulls over his striking options.
“He hardly played at Palace, so that’s why he has to prove himself,” the Dutchman added.
“He has to make a step because he didn’t play so much over there. For the moment, he will stay with the Under-21s.
“To be honest, I have not seen so much [of Bamford playing]. I didn’t have the opportunity to see him much in the Palace games on video.”
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