Hiddink Dismisses Link to Chelsea

Guus Hiddink has dismissed speculation he will replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager in the summer.

Guus Hiddink

Speculation is growing that Mourinho will leave Stamford Bridge after falling out with Blues owner Roman Abramovich earlier this season.

But Russia coach Hiddink told Football Focus: "It's not an issue, I work with a lot of satisfaction where I am now.

"I still have a year on my contract with Russia. I hope we qualify for Euro 2008 and that I can go on with Russia."

Hiddink feels the fuel behind the rumours is the fact he is the coach of Abramovich's homeland.

He added: "I am linked with the job because Roman Abramovich is the owner of Chelsea and he is Russian and I am the Russia coach.

"Let's be frank and open, every now and then I do talk to him - but not about the Chelsea job.

"Chelsea are doing really well in the Champions League and it's not an issue for me, nor is it for them."

Meanwhile, Mourinho has revealed he has banned his agent from contacting other clubs because he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

"What I have said 20 times at least is that I want to be here and I can no do more than that," insisted the Portuguese coach.

"I am not a liar. I am honest. I want to honour my contract, I want to be here, I love the club, and I love English football. I can do no more that.

"I have forbidden my agent to speak with other clubs, I don't want my name to be linked with other jobs."

The Blues boss claims 13 other managers have been linked with his job and claimed the constant speculation was having a negative effect on his team.

He said other big clubs in Europe, such as Barcelona in Spain and Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, did not have to contend with such disruption, although he admitted Real Madrid were experiencing a similar problem.

"If the players love the manager it is not nice for them and if you compare that with the other clubs, there is a big difference," he said.

"In Chelsea every day it is 'Mourinho stays or Mourinho goes', 'Lampard signs or doesn't sign', John Terry 'goes or stays'. So you live in a different atmosphere."

Source BBC

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