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Guus Hiddink Coy On Chelsea Manager Job Link

Former Stamford Bridge boss not ruling out return to the club.

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Former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is keeping his cards close to his chest after being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

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The Dutchman had a three-month spell in charge of Chelsea back in 2009 when stepping in as caretaker manager following the sacking Luiz Felipe Scolari and enjoyed a successful time in west London.

Hiddink, who is now 66, had been set to retire when quitting his current post as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia at the end of the season but could now head back to the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea once again.

Chelsea will be looking for a new manager in the summer with interim manager Rafael Benitez, who took over from the sacked Roberto Di Matteo earlier this season, having confirmed he will not be staying on beyond the end of the season.

And Hiddink, who has been linked with the post along with another former manager Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello, Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes, is refusing to rule out the prospect of a return to Stamford Bridge.

“I enjoyed my time there very much,” Hiddink told Sportinglife. “I was there almost half a year and in 27 or 30 games, we lost only to Tottenham Hotspur and in the rest achieved good results. On top of that, I really enjoyed working with the group of players.

“They have gone through a lot of changes. I’m the only man who wasn’t sacked.

“I said to Dutch television that I might stop at the end of the season, but we have other options to go on with [Anzhi].

“And regarding other clubs, I’m 66 now and will be 67 in autumn. As long as I feel energetic and I’m not becoming an old, bitter, sour man, then I can go on. But I cannot predict where I am next season.”

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