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Hiddink denies Roman interest

10 Apr 2009 - 15:12:06

Interim Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink has dismissed speculation linking the Blues with a summer move for Tottenham Hotspur's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 31 appearances for Spurs since his arrival from Spartak Moscow last summer, but has recently fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.

However, Hiddink insists that no approach has been made about a summer transfer, as well as re-affirming his commitment to his main job as coach of the Russia national team.

He told reporters: "I did not give any comment about Pavlyuchenko. 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."

Of his own future, Hiddink added: "I have my contract with the Russian Federation and I do it wholeheartedly. We started two years ago with Russia and they are young and ambitious players.

"The moral standards in our business are 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 have 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."


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