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Stoke boss ‘flattered’ by speculation

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Mark Hughes say it is ‘nice’ to be linked with Chelsea job, but is ‘very happy’ at Stoke.

Several reports have this week put Mark Hughes amongst the list of candidates as they look for a permanent successor.

Jose Mourinho was sacked last month, as replaced temporarily by Guus Hiddink, who has the job there till the summer.

Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Jorge Sampaoli have all also been linked with a move to the Bridge.

Just simply speculation?

Mark Hughes’ Stoke side are currently four places ahead of the reigning Champions, the Welshman said: “It’s just speculation.”

“There is a little bit of speculation about certain roles in the Premier League at the moment, and at some point, if you have a decent spell, you get mentioned in dispatches.”

“I think it is no more and no less than that. I think everybody just tried to cover all bases and mentions everybody, and this week I got a mention.”

“It’s nice to be mentioned I suppose, because that reflects well maybe on me but more so on the players and how well they are doing, which is how it should be because we are having a decent season.”

“But we are fully focused here and enjoying what we are doing. It is a good time to be at Stoke. Everybody feels we are going in the right direction. So I’m very happy.”

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