Andre Villas-Boas says he has no plans to sell Chelsea trio Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou if new contracts are not agreed with the strikers.
Ivory Coast duo Drogba and Kalou have been offered new deals by the Blues, while a decision has yet to be taken on French forward Anelka.
Reports have suggested this season will be Anelka's last at Stamford Bridge, while Drogba has also been linked with a move away from Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
However, Villas-Boas is happy to run the risk of losing the players for nothing rather than recouping a transfer fee when the January transfer window opens.
Plenty of time
"I don't think so, it happens all the time. We won't need to sell these players," said the Blues boss, pointing out he encountered a similar scenario at Porto last season.
"The most important thing is for the club to try to defend its interests. We know these players are of higher importance.
"That's why the offers are on the table, apart from with Anelka, end of story.
"We will try to get them to reach an agreement."
Should all three move on, Chelsea would go from having an embarrassment of riches up front to arguably lacking numbers.
"That's why the talks are ongoing," Villas-Boas added. "We still have plenty of time."