Hiddink happy in Russia, says agent

September 27, 2007

Guus Hiddink's agent insists the Dutchman has no intention of quitting as Russia manager to take up a post in the Premier League.

The 60-year-old has been linked with Chelsea following the departure of Jose Mourinho but is currently more concerned with salvaging the Russians' stuttering Euro 2008 qualifying campaign - after their 3-0 defeat against England at Wembley earlier this month.

His agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, has revealed that Hiddink is looking to extend his deal with the country's Football Association and claimed that the stresses of managing a high-profile club no longer appeal to the former PSV Eindhoven boss.

'Where he is right now and his age, it is of more interest to him to work with a national team,' said Van Nieuwenhuizen.

'I think that's what he likes to do instead of being in the pressure cooker of the Premier League.'

On Hiddink's negotiations with his Russian employers, he told BBC Online: 'The intention is that the contract will be renewed after Euro 2008 and through to the 2010 World Cup.

'There are some details that have to be discussed, but I can hardly imagine they will be a big problem.

'It is nothing to do with money but more the content of the work and some small changes.

'The Russian FA has also made it clear that no matter the result of Euro 2008 qualification they would like Guus to continue his job with them.

'He has the same opinion and that there is a lot of work to do. There is a big challenge ahead; Russian football is a sleeping giant, and he wants to try to get it away.'

Van Nieuwenhuizen also believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be mindful of the political repercussions should he pluck Hiddink from his homeland.

He added: 'I think Abramovich would not make any friends if he would steal away Guus Hiddink from the Russian Football Federation.'