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Loïc Rémy set for Chelsea stay as Hiddink remains mum on potential January signings

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A few more quotes form the Chelsea interim boss ahead of the match against West Bromwich Albion later today, though they pertain more towards plans for the rest of the month, rather than the rest of the matchday.

Where they do intersect is at backup striker Loïc Rémy, who's back in training and perhaps ready to contribute once again.  Rémy's had a decent enough goalscoring rate during his Chelsea career so far, though all his injuries have been rather ill-timed, which does make his time in the SW6 more frustrating than it otherwise should be.

Since his arrival, Hiddink has been emphasizing the personal evaluations he's making of all the players.  He apparently likes what he sees with Rémy, too, and has no intention of selling the striker.

"At this moment, no. He will stay until the end of the season."

"I'm curious. With this multitude of games I hope Remy picks it up. Although he was only in training this week I hope he will deliver if he is needed. We have Costa and him, so I hope they stay fit. That's why I hope he can make his next step and get even more fit."

"We must not go into this danger if something happens with one or two striker."

-Guus Hiddink; source: Get West London

One way to assure such "danger" doesn't occur is by bringing in a few January reinforcements.  While reporters lobbed the names of Alex Teixeira and Saido Berahino at him, Hiddink remained resolutely mum or vague.

"The window opens and the mouth shuts so we don't have interest in this moment."

"We are thinking. When you think, you don't speak normally. If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public."

-Guus Hiddink; source: Get West London

Standard practice, really, perhaps reinforced by the all too public failures of the last couple years with Wayne Rooney and John Stones (and Paul Pogba, to a lesser extent).  We'll just have to try to do our best to read between the tealeaves and figure what the club may or may not be up to.  (For example, despite the reassuring words, Rémy's immediate future could very well depend on any surprise January signings we may yet make.)

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