Bilic laughs off Blues rumours

Croatia national coach Slaven Bilic has brushed aside rumours that he is to replace Guus Hiddink as Chelsea manager next season. The Dutchman continues to insist that he will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer and not extend his short-term contract, despite guiding the Blues to the FA Cup final and within 90 minutes of the Champions League final.

Rumours have now surfaced that former West Ham and Everton defender Bilic is being lined up to fill the west London club's managerial hot-seat in time for the start of the new campaign.

But Bilic insists there is no substance to the reports.

"I know and understand the way journalists work," he told Sportske Novosti.

"I was in a hotel and saw [Chelsea director of scouting and youth development] Frank Arnesen, who was once a great player and now works at Chelsea.

"Does it mean I'm in negotiations every time I meet someone in Europe?"

"Next I'll be going to Chelsea v Barcelona, Arsenal v Manchester United and then Hamburg to watch HSV v Werder [Bremen]. Plus Berlin to watch Hertha v Bochum and finally Borussia [Dortmund] v Schalke.

"You don't have to call me to check whether the stories are true every time I go to one of these destinations."

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