Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is of the opinion that the Premier League champions could find it difficult to keep hold of their star players beyond the summer, according to ESPN.
The Dutchman has somewhat instilled confidence among the players which has resulted in the squad performing closer to their former selves. Hence, Hiddink being undefeated since taking over from Jose Mourinho.
The turmoil in the first-half of the campaign under Mourinho, with issues off the pitch gathering more limelight than performances on the field has hurt Chelsea badly.
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Currently 13th in the league standings, the Londoners are still aiming to make the final four cut to qualify for Champions League next term.
If Chelsea miss out on featuring in the European competition in 2016-17, first-team stars like Diego Costa, Eden Hazard could evaluate their future at Stamford Bridge.
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Atletico Madrid has stepped up their interest in re-signing their former goal-poacher Costa, with club president Enrique Cerezo disclosing they are focused on bringing back the Spaniard to Vicente Calderon, meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane is a keen admirer of Hazard and could offer a lucrative deal to lure the Belgian to Real Madrid.
Speaking on the issue, Hiddink said: “It’s also a matter of what the current club is showing in its philosophy and strategy and ambition.”
The 69-year-old believes the club has to show ambition by improving in the transfer market and attracting some big names to deter the current players at the club from moving elsewhere.
“If you don’t get one year in the Champions League but the club shows it is very keen on getting back lost ground, then there might be an attraction for players to stay where they are."
“Loyalty is secured by contracts.”
The west London outfit have already sold Ramires to Jiangsu Suning for £25 million, who later returned with an audacious bid of £75 million for fellow Brazilian Oscar, but it was rebuffed, as per the Telegraph.
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Thereby, Chelsea’s only hope of qualifying for Champions League remain by winning the European title which cannot be ruled out as they have done it before in 2011-12.
Only time will tell what the future holds for the Blues, who will need to be active during the summer looking for new stars as well as an experienced manager to become the new boss.