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Feb 9, 2009

Hiddink on Chelsea: Nothing to see here

Russia coach Guus Hiddink has rebuffed suggestions that he will be the next Chelsea manager. Dutchman Hiddink is the UK bookmakers' favourite to become the next manager at Stamford Bridge, following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday but refused to discuss it. "I have no news for you," the Dutchman told press at the Russian squad's training camp in Turkey.

"I'm not concerned with what has been said about me elsewhere, I'm working here now."

Meanwhile, Cees van Newenhausen believes the attraction of his current job as will mean Hiddink will reject the Stamford Bridge club.

Russia have made a good start in their bid to qualify for next summer's World Cup in South Africa, lying four points behind Group Four leaders Germany - with a game in hand.

And van Newenhausen, asked about the appeal of the Chelsea job to Hiddink, told BBC Radio Five Live: "I cannot imagine it.

"I think there is no chance of him going to Chelsea because he very much enjoys what he's doing.

"He is doing pretty well with Russia and wants to get to the World Cup in South Africa for the fourth time in a row, with a fourth different team.

"He's currently at a training camp in Turkey and I think (Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich would not make too many friends in Russia if he were to steal a goose away from the national team. I can hardly imagine it."

Meanwhile, the agent of former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini said the Italian was not in contention to replace Scolari.

"Unfortunately, no one has contacted us so I can rule Mancini out of going to Chelsea," Giorgio De Giorgis told ANSA.

"We know about Scolari's sacking but they would have already called us if they were thinking about Roberto. Instead, clearly they have made contact with others."

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