Rijkaard aware of Blues talk

04 March 2008 07:36
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has laughed off rumours linking him with the Chelsea manager's job as he prepares for his side's Champions League encounter with Celtic at the Camp Nou. Speculation suggests Jose Mourinho is being lined up to replace Rijkaard in the summer, with the Dutchman heading for Stamford Bridge where he will step in for Avram Grant. However, when asked about his future, Rijkaard said: "I am aware of the rumours but they are that - rumours - and they have not affected me or my team. "Right now I am just concentrating on getting results on the pitch. "I am not thinking about anything else at the moment." Barcelona won the first leg of the last 16 clash in Glasgow 3-2, but Rijkaard is refusing to take anything for granted. He added: "I don't think we can relax, there is still a game to be played. "We respect Celtic, they are a good team who will be looking to play well but we need to finish the job. "It is important that the public see a good game and we always try to play as well as we can, but the most important thing is to qualify."

Source: ESA