Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits it is “nice” to be linked with Chelsea but has stressed it is just speculation and that he is “very happy” in his current job.
Reports this week have suggested the Welshman is among several managers the Blues are considering as they look for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.
When asked about that on Thursday, Hughes – whose side lost on penalties in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Liverpool, and are ninth in the Barclays Premier League – 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 everyone just tries 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 and building something. So I’m very happy.”
Hughes – whose own contract with Stoke runs until 2019 – also dismissed talk of the club preparing to enter talks with forward Bojan Krkic over a new deal.
“I’m not quite sure where that’s come from,” Hughes said.
“Bojan has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it seems a little bit premature to be talking about that.”