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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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By ESPN Staff

Agent: 'No chance' Hiddink will join Chelsea

Russia manager Guus Hiddink will never make a return to club management despite reports linking him with Chelsea, his agent has revealed.

Cees van Nieuwenhuizen has responded to suggestions that Roman Abramovich is preparing to replace under-fire Stamford Bridge boss Avram Grant with the Dutchman, by confirming he is content to end his coaching career in international football.

Van Nieuwenhuizen told BBC Sport: 'There is no chance of Guus going to Chelsea. He wants to end his career in international management.

'He signed a new deal in March that runs up to the 2010 World Cup and always honours his contracts.'

Grant has largely surpassed expectations since taking over from the popular Jose Mourinho and two wins in the next week, albeit against Liverpool and Manchester United, would see the Blues with one hand on a place in the Champions League final and a renewed chance of wresting the Premier League title from the Red Devils' grasp.

That has not stopped questions being raised over his future with the London club, with Hiddink, not for the first time, mooted as a possible successor.

But the 61-year-old's representative Van Nieuwenhuizen was unequivocal in distancing him from the club.

'I don't know where these stories about Guus come from and I want to put an end to them once and for all,' he added.

'It isn't about money for Guus. It's about him having signed a contract and wanting to get on with his job with Russia.'