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Thursday 19 October 2017

Hiddink eager for blues job

Guus Hiddink yesterday opened the way for a dramatic return to Chelsea when he admitted for the first time that he would welcome an offer to take over as the club's next manager, writes Jason Burt.

"If there was a concrete offer, then I would think about it," Hiddink said.

That offer is due to be made next Saturday -- the day after Turkey, the nation he coaches, play Belgium in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Brussels.

Several times yesterday, Hiddink turned down the opportunity to commit his future to Turkey beyond next Friday's match.

"There's nothing concrete," he insisted when asked about Chelsea. "You cannot go into all kind of speculation or rumours because there's nothing concrete. The moment things are concrete, I'll go to where I have to be, direct."

Chelsea are hopeful that Hiddink (64) will sign a two-year contract, although they don't want to push too hard in case the deal collapses.

But Hiddink did little to dampen down the sense that he was expecting an offer to return to the club he led on an interim basis after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in February 2009.

"I'd like to work every day because I'd have more impact on the players. I like to work every day," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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