Hiddink denies Pav interest

10 April 2009 03:33
Guus Hiddink has denied reports that Chelsea want to sign Valencia's David Villa and Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The Chelsea interim manager was quoted on Thursday as saying that the Russian international is underused by Spurs and that he would bolster the Blues attack.

But the Dutchman has come out and denied he made such comments, stating that it is not his place to talk about other teams' players.

Hiddink, who is only in charge until the end of the season before he turns his full attentions to Russia and hopefully the World Cup in South Africa, now has to prepare his side for the visit of Bolton on Saturday.

"I did not give any comment about Pavlyuchenko. I don't give any comment on players with other clubs," he said.

"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."

DenialWhen asked about the possibility of Villa coming to Stamford Bridge in the summer the former PSV boss said: "No, there is no indication of that."

Chelsea's breathtaking 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie has caused many people to label them as favourites for the tournament but Hiddink has not given up hope on winning the league.

"You must always be careful with temptations, professionally and I think we still have to focus on the league," he added.

"We have some little problems which might give me an opportunity to rest some players. But as long as we are in the race for the title, it is difficult.

"We must not drop any points. It is a difficult but reachable goal. When you are on top and have a game in hand, you have a luxury but you must be aware that you can stumble.

"It puts more pressure on the chasing teams like us and Liverpool because you cannot drop any points."

Source: SKY_Sports