Chelsea's Guus Hiddink denies David Villa and Roman Pavlyuchenko interest

10 April 2009 03:05
Hiddink denied he had spoken about the Tottenham striker on a Russian website and rejected speculation that the club was interested in bringing Villa to Stamford Bridge.

Preparing his side for their weekend clash with Bolton Wanderers, the Dutchman was quick to put the record straight.

 Related ArticlesVilla committed to ValenciaHiddink: Roman wasted at SpursChelsea eye £45m Villa bidPapers: 'Roman's £40m Villa''Chelsea are team to beat'Premier League team news"I did not give any comment about Pavlyuchenko," he said. "I don't give any comment on players with other clubs.

"Harry Redknapp knows exactly what to do with his players, he is a respected professional.

"Pavlyuchenko is with Tottenham and I hope that he will fight to get his position at Spurs. That is important for himself.

"If you want to survive in England you must keep on fighting and get your position."

When asked if the club were interested in Villa, Hiddink replied: "No, there is no indication of that."

Hiddink will ask his players to forget their 3-1 Champions League victory over Liverpool in midweek and concentrate on keeping their title dreams alive against Bolton.

Chelsea's stunning demolition of Rafael Benitez's men at Anfield sent shockwaves through Europe but Hiddink insists the players must not get carried away with the euphoria surrounding their victory.

"We have to be fully concentrated, it is not easy, but we have emphasised that in our team meetings," said Hiddink.

"Bolton will not be an easy game because they know we had a tough match on Wednesday.

"We have to focus on it being difficult and our concentration will be the key. I hope we don't need an alarm bell to start ringing before we start playing well."

Meanwhile the 62-year-old remains adamant that he will leave the club at the end of the season, irrespective of any success.

The clamour for him to stay is growing among the supporters, particularly after their win over Liverpool, but the Dutchman insists he owes it to the Russian players to finish his task with the national side.

"I have my contract with the Russian Federation and I do it wholeheartedly," said Hiddink. "We started two years ago with Russia and they are young and ambitious players.

"The moral standards in our business is sometimes going up and down but I owe it to the players to go to the end, which can be qualification or not. I am going to stick with them.

"There has been no discussions about me staying because we all knew the situation when I arrived. Nothing has changed and we don't have to talk about it."


Source: Telegraph