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Hiddink cools Blues talk
07 Feb 2007 - 11:28:30
Russia coach Guus Hiddink insists he has not been approached by Chelsea about taking over from current boss Jose Mourinho in the summer.
The Dutchman was linked with the Stamford Bridge post last month when reports suggesting Mourinho had fallen out with Blues owner Roman Abramovich surfaced, but Hiddink says he remains focused on helping Russia qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.
"I can only say (about Chelsea) that I've never spoken with Roman Abramovich about a possible commitment with Chelsea," he told Die Welt.
"I am coach of the Russia national team and will remain so, at least until the summer of 2008.
"I'm happy with my job and satisfied with what I've already achieved. And, aside from this, what do you think would happen if I would quit my job after one year to join Chelsea?
"Although Chelsea and Abramovich are very popular here in Russia, nobody would understand this decision.
"I already had a friendly contact with Abramovich before I started the job as coach for the Russian team.
"I discussed with him and the chairman of the Russian Football Federation - Vitaly Mutko - possible perspectives for my job and to open up new vistas.
"Roman's interest and his promise of support was one reason that I signed the contract with Russia after a good deal of thought."