Guus Hiddink has blasted Aston Villa manager Remi Garde for tapping up his players after insisting striker Loic Remy is not available for loan.
Garde openly courted Remy through the media, outlining the benefits a temporary move to Villa Park could bring during the second half of the season as he aims to land a player capable of kick-starting a bid for survival in January.
However, the chances of doing an £80,000-a-week deal for the 28-year-old looked remote when news of Garde’s overtures reached Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham. Hiddink in a swift reaction to the reports rebuked Garde who was assistant manager at Lyon when Remy started his career at the Stade de Gerland.
“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. I don’t think we or the management will go into a similar situation.
“Things must be done if you want to reinforce your squad, or if other clubs want to do so, so you talk directly to the management of the club who owns the player. You don’t go through the side door.
“The player has signed a contract here and must be fit for us. He’s having a difficult time regarding his injuries. He has to prove first of all that he’s a good Chelsea player. He has a calf problem for several days.” Hiddink said as quoted the Express.
Hiddink is determined that Remy remains at Stamford Bridge, overcomes his injury difficulties and helps Chelsea climb their own way out of the bottom half of the table.