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Mar 6, 2012

Rodgers not for Chelsea

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has emphatically ruled out any links between himself and the vacant Chelsea post, saying he is not interested in "destroying" his career.

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Rodgers, 39, has drawn many admirers for his time in charge at Swansea, guiding the Welsh side through the Championship play-offs and securing a mid-table berth in the Premier League while sticking to his attractive passing philosophy.

Rodgers previously worked under Jose Mourinho - and alongside Andre Villas-Boas - at Chelsea before taking the helm at Watford and Reading, but has no intentions of returning to Stamford Bridge in the near future.

"For me the focus is on Swansea," Rodgers, who signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the club last month, told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I came here to do a job. The story for us all so far has been fantastic and I hope that will continue. If any of our fans are wondering about me and Chelsea, they need not panic. I am trying to build my career, not destroy it."

Villas-Boas arrived at Chelsea as the youngest manager to win a European trophy, having led Porto to Europa League triumph at the age of 33, but his reputation has suffered a body blow during his eight-month spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

"It's sad to see Andre depart," added Rodgers. "The transition that is needed at the club is very much evident, and it's a job that requires sensitivity about where the club is at. It's about understanding and respecting what the players have done there and also having that ruthless streak to manage the club.

"I feel Andre tried to do those things but, for whatever reason, it just hasn't worked out."

Mourinho, currently in charge at Real Madrid, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez head the billing to take over from caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo in the summer.

And while undoubtedly flattered to be put in the frame alongside such high-profile candidates, the Northern Irishman says they are welcome to one of the toughest jobs in world football.

"There is so much going for Chelsea - it's a terrific club," he added. "But you can't continue doing what they do and have success. It does not work. The next manager who goes in there will have the same problems and issues.

"It's a big job and demanding job - that's how it is at the big clubs and that's why the salaries are so high. It's certainly going to be interesting to see what route they go down now."

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