Jose Mourinho has revealed that the Chelsea board is refusing to back him in the January transfer window.
Reports have already claimed Mourinho could leave in the summer after a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich, and the news that the club are refusing to release funds appears to indicate a significant rift.
“I’ve identified the players that I want but they will not come, said Mourinho. “It’s club reasons and I don’t have to tell you why.
“I have asked for players and it’s not my choice that no-one is coming.”
Mourinho was reportedly eager strengthen his squad by recruiting a defender and a forward during the transfer window.
“The information I have is that nobody is coming and if that’s the case then nobody is leaving,” he added.
“I expect my squad to be the same at the end of the market as it was at the start.”
Mourinho refused to discuss his Stamford Bridge future, only stating: “My position is not important. Chelsea is what is important, not me.”
Meanwhile, the club have suffered a setback with the news that captain John Terry’s return to action has been delayed by a sore calf.
“John had surgery, he is recovering from that, but he is not ready yet,” continued Mourinho.
“We have a lot of problems, because Ashley Cole and Claude Makelele face suspensions, and I do not see Terry back.
“There is no timescale on John. The only thing I know for sure is that he will not play against Wigan on Saturday.
“I am not a doctor. John is not fit to train with the group. He is not in my collective sessions yet, so he is out for the weekend.”