Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is “very happy” at White Hart Lane after he was linked with the Chelsea hotseat.
Guus Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge in December for a second temporary stint in charge of the Blues after the departure of boss Jose Mourinho.
The media continue to speculate about who will take over at Chelsea on a permanent basis, with Stoke manager Mark Hughes, Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe and Tottenham coach Pochettino all linked with the Blues this week.
Pochettino has impressed at Tottenham since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2014 after 18 months in charge of Southampton.
The Argentine guided Spurs to 5th place in the Premier League last season and has helped a host of the club’s young players become first-team regulars.
Southampton’s Ronald Koeman, Italy coach Antonio Conte, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also contenders for the Chelsea job.
But Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli is the current favourite at 5/4 with BetVictor. Sampaoli guided Chile to their first Copa America title last summer before resigning as manager in mid-January.
Conte is 3/1, with Koeman at 6/1 and Pep Guardiola – who will leave Bayern Munich this summer – at 7s. Simeone is 8/1, with Hiddink and Brendan Rodgers both at 10s.
Pochettino is 12/1 with BetVictor alongside Allegri, France coach Didier Deschamps and Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini.
However, the rumours linking Pochettino with Chelsea are not bothering the Tottenham chief.
He said: “No I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours. But I don’t care about that.
“It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard.
“That’s all about rumours. I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy.
“My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.”