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Hiddink repeats Russia stance

22 Apr 2009 - 07:12:10

Interim Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink has yet again dismissed any notion of him remaining at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

The Dutchman has made a massive impact since his arrival at the Premier League club, but insists that his loyalties still lie with the Russia national team and their bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

He told reporters: "It's important this relationship I have with the Russia players.

"Even on a practical level, it's impossible to do. In August we have a friendly game which is 48 hours before a Chelsea game.

"Then you have to look at all the Russian players ahead of the qualifiers in September and there are more qualifiers in October.

"Hopefully not in November, but there is the possibility of a play-off. So I'll be occupied with all that.

"I know the body of the squad, so scouting isn't the main issue, but I've challenged them and it wouldn't be fair for me to leave.

"There is this project I started to renew with my people. It would not be fair with the players who I challenged to go into a new era of football if I said 'sorry, I'm leaving'."

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