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Former Chelsea, Newcastle boss Gullit denies Kadyrov rift

Rudd Gullit has played down an alleged rift with Terek Grozny president Ramzan Kadyrov.

The former Chelsea and Newcastle United boss was recently relieved of his duties with the Russian club after clashing with Chechen leader Kadyrov but he has denied there was any wrongdoing on his behalf.

In a statement released through the League Managers Association via Gullit, the Dutchman said that he was not always out partying at nightclubs as Kadyrov suggests.

"The club have confirmed that recent results were the sole reason for this decision," Gullit said in the LMA statement.

"Any other suggestions about my departure in the media are totally incorrect.

"The matter is entirely amicable, the club have acknowledged that we will remain friends and we wish each other all the very best in the future.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the president of club, Terek Grozny and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the fans and all of the Chechen people."

And Gullit, who led Grozny to third bottom on the Russian table, will also check back with the club in regards to compensation he is owed.

"I have appointed the LMA and their legal team to sort out the sums now due to me on the balance of my contract," he added.

"They have already been of significant help to me in progressing this with the club and matters are due to be completed shortly.

"I can't wait to get back into another suitable football role as soon as possible."

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