Hiddink to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

Guus Hiddink has underlined that he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season to concentrate on his full-time job as manager of Russia. The former Holland and PSV coach took over at Chelsea two weeks ago and was rumoured to be about to stay on at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer.

"Chelsea asked me to help out till the end of the season and I have just done it because of the strong links between the Chelsea owner and the Russian federation," Hiddink said at a press conference this morning. "I will help out to the end of the season. I have my work with Russia which I will fulfil."

Hiddink's first game in charge of the Blues is tomorrow away to Aston Villa and the Dutchman is focusing on that game for now. "The priority is Villa Park. It's the cliche answer – the next game is the most important. If you see the record of Villa recently, they have very good period of winning games home and away. It's tough. But we want to play."

Chelsea are currently three points behind Aston Villa in fourth place and a mammoth ten behind league leaders Manchester United.

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