Heynckes says he'd never consider working for the Russian.
"I could not possibly work for an owner or chairman who tried to interfere with team affairs," he stated. "I would not tolerate that."
He also told the Daily Mail: "How can someone who is not there with the players day-in, day-out make decisions about the team? That is why a coach is appointed, and I cannot imagine a president would ever tell me what to do. No manager should ever accept that.
"People here know my character, so no-one has ever tried it. They know I wouldn't put up with it. I would not expect to have to explain my tactics. I have never done that and never will. Most of them wouldn't understand, anyway. So, would I ever work for Chelsea? At my age, I don’t think so!"