Guus Hiddink has refuted suggestions that Chelsea captain John Terry has been treated poorly by the club with regards to the uncertainty surrounding the defender’s future.
Terry may have played his last game for the club after suspension ruled him out of the final two matches of the season.
The 35-year-old, who has made 703 appearances for Chelsea, is out of contract in the summer and has yet to be told whether or not he will be offered a new deal by the Blues.
But interim manager Hiddink insists the former England captain has not been unfairly left in limbo.
“The people who are making the decisions want to take their time. That’s up to them,” he said.
“That doesn’t mean there’s dramatic, bad treatment. It is the same as Ashley Cole and Lampard – I don’t neglect the facts. But there is a strategy.
“I’m not having the conversation inside the club, and they choose what they choose.”
Chelsea travel to Liverpool on Wednesday tonight, but the reigning champions already know they cannot finish any higher than their current position of ninth due to their woeful first half of the season.
“When I talk about big words like ‘disaster’ I’m thinking of bigger things in the world, but in our closed football world, you might call it a ‘football disaster’. Chelsea must be always at the top,” Hiddink added.