Guus Hiddink could return to Chelsea in November if Russia fail to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.
The Dutch coach has won six of his seven games since taking charge of the Chelsea squad last month. Hiddink agreed to replaced sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari until the summer after the Russian Football Union allowed him to combine both roles.
"I will focus on Russia after this project but people say, 'Think about it, stay'," said Hiddink. "I enjoy it with the Russians but I do have a clause that says we can stop in November if Russia don't qualify. Then, the Russian FA can choose another direction and I would also be free to go."
Several members of the Chelsea squad have urged the Dutchman to extend his stay but so far the 62-year-old has remained steadfast in his desire to resume his full-time duties with Russia at the end of the English season.
Hiddink's Russia are currently second in World Cup qualifying Group Four having lost one of their three games.
They lie four points behindÂ leaders GermanyÂ with a game in hand and face the group's whipping boys Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, HiddinkÂ has beenÂ given a boost ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Ivorian striker Didier Drogba returned to training after collecting a knock on his knee in the 1-0 win over Manchester City last Sunday and is expected to feature.
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