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Monday 26 September 2016

Guus Hiddink was approached to manage in Chinese Super League

Published 05/02/2016 | 23:01

Guus Hiddink was offered the chance to work in China
Guus Hiddink was offered the chance to work in China

Guus Hiddink has admitted he has been approached to manage in the Chinese Super League.

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The 69-year-old Dutchman was installed as Chelsea caretaker boss in December after Jose Mourinho's departure, but says he had chances to manage in China.

"I had some possibilities to go there in the recent past," said Hiddink, who did not expand on the comment.

Ramires was sold to Jiangsu Suning by Chelsea last month for a reported £25million as part of a wider investment in football, with other players also heading to the Chinese Super League.

Jiangsu Suning are managed by former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, while Sven Goran Eriksson and Luis Felipe Scolari are also bosses in China.

Hiddink reckons China is an attractive option for many, but so too is the Premier League, which has a global appeal and will soon have a further influx of cash from the new broadcast coverage deal, which is worth £5billion domestically.

"Of course when you travel around the world, the Premier League is so attractive, attracting a lot of people," added Hiddink, whose side play Manchester United on Sunday.

"In the biggest cities to the smallest villages, wherever in the world there is a satellite showing Premier League.

"(And) clubs in England cannot complain about having no income in the near future."

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