Guus Hiddink denies any offer from Chelsea to return

28 May 2011 12:39
ShareGuus Hiddink dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to turn his back on Turkey and return to club football as Chelsea manager. 

Hiddink repeatedly refused to commit his long-term future to the Turkish FA and even confessed he was feeling the urge to return to club football after five years on the international circuit.

He also confirmed he had been in regular contact with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich since ending a three-month spell as temporary boss two years ago.

Waiting game: Hiddink is awaiting an offer from Chelsea to return as boss

Speaking from the Turkish training camp in Holland, ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium, Hiddink said: 'At the moment there's nothing concrete to talk about, but if there was a concrete offer I would think about it. We'll play this game and then see. The moment things are concrete, I'll go to where I have to be.'

It did not go down well with the Turkish media. One asked: 'We cannot get clear answers from you about your future, there are English reporters here, so what is going on?'

But Hiddink insisted he was simply focused on winning. 'We'll play this game and then we'll see,' he said. Defeat in Brussels on Friday will leave Turkey unlikely to qualify for Euro 2012, which could make them accept a compensation bid from Chelsea and release Hiddink from a deal which expires next year.

Silver lining: Hiddink (centre) celebrated FA Cup success during his brief tenure at Stamford Bridge

Hiddink signed a two-year contract worth ?3.5million-a-year net last year but came under pressure after losing qualifiers against Germany and Azerbaijan. He spends most of his time in Holland and will lose chief ally Mahmut Ozgener if the Turkish FA president is not re-elected next month.

Hiddink said: 'I can imagine that if we lost to Belgium they would say it is better to quit, as they did after we lost to Germany and Azerbaijan.'

One theory cited against the 64-year-old's return to Stamford Bridge is his reluctance to return to the rigours of club football just before receiving his pension papers from the Dutch government.

But Hiddink said: 'I have the energy, I'm not feeling that I should sit back. As long as I feel fresh and as long as the young people, the players, are not getting annoyed with me, then I will continue. So far, I feel energetic enough to go on.

Inspiration: Hiddink is in awe of Ferguson's achievements

'Sir Alex Ferguson is a lesson for us. I read that his wife told him to get lost, to go, not to sit in the garden and do the gardening. Get back to work. My wife thinks I'm a lousy gardener.

'When you're working at a club with a lot of joy, you say it might be good to be a national team manager because you'll be more flexible and you'll have fewer games but, when you've been working a long time with a national team and still have that energy then you like to work every day.'

Asked about his remaining ambitions, Hiddink said: 'When I was working in Spain in the mid-1990s, I thought I'd do one more year and then go into another sportsrelated business. That was my plan, but now we're 15 years on.'

Friends reunited? The Dutch boss (right) was a firm favourite with Chelsea players including Frank Lampard (left)

In his three months at Chelsea, from February to May 2009, the club dropped only four points from 13 Barclays Premier League games, finishing second. They won the FA Cup and were beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final when Andres Iniesta struck in the last minute.

Thanks to Abramovich' s influence, he was able to combine the Chelsea job with managing Russia. 'That was another situation,' he said.

'Roman Abramovich was a strong supporter of the Russia team. We spoke to the president of the Russian FA and agreed it all matched but that was an exceptional situation. You must only do one job.'

Hiddink was hugely popular at Chelsea, and the players gave him a limited edition Rolex watch worth ?200,000. John Terry is among many who stayed in touch. 'I still have the watch,' said Hiddink.

'But I never wear a watch. Last year, I got one from the Turkish players when we had a tour in the US. I'd just started with the team and the first training session went on for two hours and 10 minutes. The next day they gave me a watch to remind me I should check the time.'

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