Frank Rijkaard intends to remain at Barcelona despite speuclation that he is being lined up to become the next manager at Chelsea.
According to Herman Rijkaard, the Dutchman’s brother and adviser, the Barca coach is enjoying life in Spain and intends to see out his contract that expires in the summer of 2009.
Chelsea manager Avram Grant has come in for criticism following Sunday’s Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and reports indicate that his days at Stamford Bridge may be numbered.
Rijkaard has been linked with the Chelsea position in the past, with owner Roman Abramovich reportedly keen on seeing his team play more expansive football.
“Frank is having a very good time at Barcelona,” Herman Rijkaard told The Independent.
“This is his fifth year and it is going well at the moment. The team is growing and if they can keep growing they will win the championship.
“He has one season left [after this one] and he has decided to fulfil his contract period with Barcelona. All the fuss is happening where you are in England.
“Maybe they [Chelsea] would like to have him because he is a good trainer and a decent guy, but it is not an option at the moment.
“He has still one year left and he’s not the kind of guy who signs a deal and then doesn’t fulfil it.
“But we are happy at the moment. Barcelona is a big club with big players and it’s a beautiful city. He and his family are very happy there.
“Frank has money. He can eat two or three steaks a day if he wants to. He has a contract and he is happy.”