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Hiddink expected to join Chelsea

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The Turkish Football Federation expect Guus Hiddink to relinquish his role as national boss in order to become Chelsea manager, it has been claimed.

According to BBC Sport, a senior source at the TFF said Hiddink "can't say no to Chelsea, we believe he wants to leave".

The source added: "Chelsea is too good an offer to turn down and the Federation understands this.

"Hiddink feels he still has a job to do there, he wants to work every day, and win Championships and maybe the Champions League.

"We will understand that he has coached his last Turkey game as long as Chelsea pay the compensation."

It has been widely speculated in recent days that Chelsea were preparing to make an official move for the Dutchman in their quest to appoint a successor to Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian was sacked after defeat to Everton at the end of a trophyless season, and Hiddink has been the favourite to move to Stamford Bridge ever since, having enjoyed a successful stint as interim manager in 2009.




 

Hiddink, 64, was drafted in by Roman Abramovich on a temporary basis after Luis Felipe Scolari was relieved of his duties, and Chelsea went on to lift the FA Cup in May during the tenure of the former Russia manager.

The appointment of Hiddink would be welcomed by the Chelsea players, who enjoyed working with the experienced coach, something which John Terry confirmed late last week.

"He came in for a short space of time and we won the FA Cup under him. I have great memories of him, he is someone I have been in contact with since he left the club," said the Chelsea skipper.

"The players completely respected him. He knows the players inside out as well. He would be welcomed back. If it is to be him, then great, or whoever it is, the players will naturally get on with it and work very hard under the new manager."

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