Hiddink distances himself from Chelsea post
Guus Hiddink, the coach of the Russian national football team, has ruled himself out of the vacant manager post at Chelsea Football Club.
The media has touted up Hiddink to replace the sacked Israeli Avram Grant as the owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich is also Russian and is a close friend of Hiddink. But Hiddink, who is yet to sign an official contract extension, said "I have just given my word to the Russian football president and he said to me that we will continue until the end of the 2010 World Cup.”
"But what is more important to me is that there is an agreement between the president and me.
"I have not spoken to Chelsea regarding the vacant job, but every now and then I have contact with Abramovich about the development of Russian football. That is my only contact."
Hiddink also gave his personal backing for fellow countryman Frank Rijkaard, who was sacked by Barcelona at the end of last season. Hiddink commented in sportsweek, “I know him personally very well and I think he could fit in very well in the Chelsea philosophy.”
Hiddink will turn his focus to the upcoming Euro 2008 Championships at Austria and Switzerland as he prepares Russia for a grueling and hopefully long campaign.
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