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Hiddink quiet on Ancelotti rumours

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Guus Hiddink insists he does not know whether Carlo Ancelotti will be the man to replace him as Chelsea manager but will look back on his own time at Stamford Bridge with pride.

The AC Milan coach is tipped to replace the Dutchman amid suggestions that a statement is expected from Ancelotti over the weekend.

"There are names, but we haven't spoken about names," revealed Hiddink. "It's up to them. It's none of my business."

Chelsea however, say there are no plans at present to make any kind of weekend announcement, and it is difficult to see Ancelotti being allowed to do so without permission from the Blues if, indeed, any agreement has been reached.

Hiddink has transformed Chelsea since he took over from sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari in February and he will take charge of a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge for the final time on Sunday when the Blues face Blackburn.

He added: "When I started in February, I was fully committed to do my job. But, having had the response of everyone - the players, the staff, the public - it gives me a lot of satisfaction.

"It's not easy to say goodbye. But let's not be too dramatic. Unofficially, I will keep my connection with the club. By supporting them, by coming to visit every now and then.

But while Hiddink prepares to say farewell to the fans at the Bridge, much of the talk ahead of the game continues to surround his successor.

The interim coach insists that while he knows "in general" what is going on, he remains adamant the choice of his successor is Chelsea's business alone.

He added: "They have to go forward and there's no responsibility whatsoever on their side to inform me. They are doing so but I don't need to be informed every day. Generally, I know a bit what is going on. I can tell you, but I won't."

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