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Guus Hiddink insists that he is not tempted by the possibility of coaching in the Premier League next season.
After Chelsea had embarked upon an amazingly poor title defence, Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club, with Hiddink brought in as interim manager at Stamford Bridge for the second time in the Dutchman's career.
The Blues’ fortunes have improved since the former Netherlands coach's arrival, albeit not spectacularly, and speculation has linked him both with a potential stay at Chelsea and to other top-flight English clubs.
However, Hiddink says that he is committed to not being in management next season.
"No, no, no," he replied when asked about the possibility of continuing his career. "I will visit Chelsea often in the next season but I'm not thinking of working elsewhere.
"I feel fit, I feel fresh and, every morning, I go in with a smile.
"Although we have a difficult time when there's a loss, I love to go to Cobham, to the training field, so I feel fresh.
"On the other hand, young people must take over, and I must retreat a bit."
On the subject of the Premier League, with Chelsea highly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League via the domestic route, Hiddink said that youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy and Bertrand Traore will probably be given greater playing opportunities as the campaign progresses.
"I don't make any guarantees to players but there might be more opportunities for them in the near future," said the interim boss. "Normally, they will get some chances."
Hiddink had praise for Brazilian midfielder Willian, who has been Chelsea's standout performer during the difficult campaign.
"He is gifted by nature with his talent," said the 69-year-old. "His feet are like hands; he can do anything with his feet.
"He is working and does whatever you ask him to do."
Chelsea could still qualify for the next season's Champions League by way of being the competition's holders, but they must first overturn a 2-1 deficit to Paris Saint-Germain in west London on March 9.
By David Maher