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Hiddink quashes long-term rumours

Guus Hiddink
Hiddink insists he will not stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season

Guus Hiddink insists no plans have been made to turn his temporary role at Chelsea into a full-time position.

The Dutchman is combining his duties as Russia coach with reviving Chelsea's Premier League title prospects up until the end of the season.

Reacting to speculation he will sign a permanent deal, Hiddink said: "If there is something new I will announce it.

"But there is nothing new. It is not an everyday issue and we stick to what we have said recently."

Reports have suggested Dick Advocaat would be installed as Russia's new coach, freeing compatriot Hiddink to take permanent control at Stamford Bridge.

The 62-year-old has overseen two Chelsea victories since taking charge on 11 February following the sacking of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari.

And Hiddink said he is satisfied with what he has seen his first two weeks in charge.

"I have settled in quickly," he said. "I knew a bit of Premier League, English football and this club, and I am the kind of person who tries to adapt as soon as possible.

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"This is high-level football and we have to keep up with the demands for this. I was very well received and have been backed up by all the departments assisting the first team.

"I am also very happy with the contribution of (assistant coach) Ray Wilkins."

Hiddink rejected claims he has introduced a tougher disciplinary regime, with players fined for turning up late to training as well as wearing club suits to matches.

"In my previous club, players were fined for being late for training and at the end of the season, we donated that money to a charity," he said.

"It is standard to a club, especially a big club, that everyone is living up to a normal discipline. It is nothing I have invented."

There was positive news for Chelsea with Michael Essien set to feature for the reserve team next week.

The Ghana midfielder has not played for six months after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament on international duty in a World Cup qualifier against Libya last September.

"We worked with him in some tough five and eight-a-side games and we plan to play him in the reserves at Aston Villa on Monday," added Hiddink.



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