West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola does not know if his best players will be sold from beneath him in the January transfer window.
Endless speculation regarding the Hammers' current financial predicament has suggested that Rob Green, Matthew Upson, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole could feature in a fundraising exercise.
Zola is desperate to keep that spine of his squad together but the Italian does not know what January will bring and admits a final decision may be out of his hands.
"You know, we want to keep the best players. I don't know what's going to happen next month," said Zola.
"The only thing I know for sure is that before then we have three games coming up that are very, very important and I want to focus on them. That's the main thing, the rest is out of my control."
The Hammers tackle Portsmouth, the only side below them in the Premier League, on Boxing Day and that fixture is the immediate focus for Zola.
"The first step is get through this game on Saturday which is vital and let's do it all together and then we'll see what happens (in January)," added the Hammers boss.
"I can only focus on the game and make sure everything goes well on the pitch. If we keep the same spirit we have against Chelsea I think we are going to go through everything, that is my personal belief."