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Hiddink rejects Blues link

14 April 2007 10:50
Dutchman Guus Hiddink has played down continuing rumours linking him with the manager's job at Premiership champions Chelsea, should Jose Mourinho leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. Hiddink is currently in charge of the Russia national team and says he is more than happy to continue in that role for the foreseeable future. He told BBC's 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 will qualify for Euro 2008 and that I can go on with Russia. "I am linked with the Chelsea 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." Hiddink's comments have done little to change to underlying feeling that Mourinho could move on, with the Portuguese admitting that the Blues board have yet to confirm his position for next season.

Source: ESA