Hiddink: Pep not disrespectful

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Guus Hiddink does not believe Pep Guardiola meant any disrespect after declaring his interest in working in the Premier League.

Guardiola announced late last year that this would be his last season as Bayern München head coach, putting England’s biggest clubs on high alert, including Chelsea, who appointed Hiddink as caretaker boss following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Hiddink, though, insists he does not feel any added pressure following Guardiola’s revelation, and feels the Spaniard is well within his rights to speak of his desire to work in England’s top flight.

“I don’t think he is playing a game putting pressure on which club or which manager,” Hiddink said.

“The managers are used to that as well. I think it is an expression of desire. He would fit in at any big team in the world.”

When asked whether he was in discussions with Chelsea about his role beyond the end of the season, Hiddink said: “No, we are not talking about this future at this moment. We are focused on what we are doing now.”