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Hiddink agent: Guus will not take over at Juventus

Guus Hiddink's agent has played down speculation that he will become the new manager of Juventus.

Reports in the Italian press have linked the Russia coach with Ciro Ferrara's post in Turin as his side failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Dutchman has rejected approaches from the North Korean and Argentine football associations and now looks like he will take up an advisory position at Chelsea.

Speaking to Telelombardia, Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said: "There has not been any contact made between Hiddink and Juventus. I am 100% sure that he will not be the next coach of the Bianconeri.

"We have not been in contact with Juventus, and Juve have never attempted to contact us. It's all rumours started by the media."

Former Italy coach Dino Zoff has also quashed growing speculation, saying that nobody from the Bianconeri board has approached him.

''I read the newspapers and hear those rumours but that is all,'' said Zoff to tuttomercatoweb. ''There has been absolutely no contract, I have not heard anyone from Juventus.''

Zoff, who played 11 seasons at Juve and managed the club from 1988-90, has no intention to return to the Bianconeri hotseat.

''Coaching Juve is not an idea that thrills me,'' said Zoff.

The Turin giants have lost three of their last four games in Serie A and were also knocked out of the Champions League short of the last 16 to leave Ferrara on shaky ground.


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