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Turkey still Hiddink priority

Published 14/04/2011 | 05:00

However, Ancelotti still has backers within the club. They argue that he deserves more time, given his outstanding record, and that the changes that need to be made concern the playing staff.

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Turkey play their next Euro 2012 qualifier on June 3 against Belgium, and Hiddink has already indicated that he would leave his post should they fail to make the play-offs.

Hiddink's agent, Cees Van Nieuwenhuizen, said that Abramovich "understands" that Hiddink does not want to break his contract. If Turkey reach the Euro 2012 play-offs then he will want to stay until November at least.

"Guus will respect his contract with Turkey," Van Nieuwenhuizen said. "If they do not qualify for the play-offs he has said that he will go.

"But it is not possible for him to join Chelsea right now. It has nothing to do with his relationship with Roman, which is good, but Guus has never broken a contract and Roman understands that."

Hiddink enjoys a close friendship with Abramovich, who has made no secret that he wants to work with him again. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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