Guus Hiddink has underlined his intention to honour the terms of his initial agreement with Chelsea and leave the club at the end of the season - regardless of any success he might have in the meantime.
The fine start to his temporary stint at Stamford Bridge, encompassing a sequence of victories only ended by the midweek Champions League draw with Juventus has led to an increasing clamour for the Blues to extend their partnership with the Dutchman to next term and beyond.
But Hiddink has frequently stressed the importance of his role with Russia, a job he intends to continue in a full-time capacity at the end of his Chelsea contract. He said: "I made it very clear a few weeks ago - and again recently - what the future will be (for me) after May 30th. I don't have to do that again."
Senior stars Petr Cech and Michael Ballack have this week joined the chorus for Hiddink to stay on, insisting they would welcome a permanent deal.
Hiddink said: "They might change their minds about me when I put them on the bench or not even in the squad
"But there is a good atmosphere of work here and we are very demanding of each other. If they are happy with the way we are working and it's going well with results it's all okay.
"I have been very happy not just with the regular starters but with all the other players, who I've been watching and observing. Everyone is committed.
Hiddink's side take on Manchester City on Sunday, while Liverpool attempt to keep their own title bid afloat against pace-setters Manchester United on Saturday.
By the time the Blues kick off, the trophy race may be down to just two - with defeat for Rafael Benitez's side signalling the end of their realistic interest in the title.
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