Mark Hughes plays down Chelsea links and insists he’s ‘very happy’ at Stoke

first_img1 Stoke manager Mark Hughes Stoke City manager Mark Hughes admits he was flattered by speculation linking him with the full-time job at Chelsea, but played down the rumours and insisted he is “very happy” at the Potteries.Reports this week have suggested the Welshman is among several candidates for the permanent role at Stamford Bridge.But when asked about the rumours on Thursday, Hughes – whose side are ninth in the Premier League table – 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 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.”Hughes was speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Crystal Palace, where Stoke will be without midfielder Charlie Adam.Adam was forced off in Tuesday’s contest with a calf tear, and Hughes revealed on Thursday the Scot is facing five to six weeks out.There was more positive news regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross, who had been ruled out for up to a month earlier this week by a back problem.“He feels a lot better and the injury seems to be settling down,” Hughes said of the defender.“Initially we said three to four weeks, but hopefully it will be sooner than that.”last_img read more

Volvo rolls out S60 cross-country luxury sedan

first_imgMumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) Volvo India today rolled out a cross-country luxury sedan, S60, priced at Rs 38.9 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).The Swedish automaker claims that the new car is an industry first in the country as it offers 20 mm ground clearance, helping it double up as a luxury sports car.Volvo Auto India Managing Director Tom von Bonsdorff said the cross-country sedan comes with a unique blend of sporty ruggedness, offering all the capabilities of an all weather, all road car.The all-wheel drive S60 comes with a diesel powertrain and sports a Scandinavian design exemplified by its beautiful and simple shapes and surfaces.The company entered the country in 2007 and sells six luxury models including sport sedan S60, saloon S80, cross-country V40, SUV XC60 and the seven-seater sport utility vehicle XC90. PTI BEN NP PRB ABK RYSlast_img read more