Former Chelsea first team coach Ray Wilkins is being linked with a shock return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Daily Star claims Wilkins, who left Stamford Bridge in November and whose exit coincided with a dramatic drop in form for the club, would return to Chelsea as part of Guus Hiddink's backroom staff for next season.

The current Turkish national team boss is the red hot favourite to take over once again in west London, but is yet to be appointed to the Blues' hot seat despite revealing it would be difficult to turn down the position.

Roman Abramovich, owner at Chelsea, is thought to have been involved in the process that saw Wilkins dismissed under Carlo Ancelotti, and some potential friction between the pair could be an issue in the former England international's return to the club.

"My time is done with Chelsea. When you put in as much money as Mr Abramovich, you are entitled to choose what you want to do," said Wilkins only last month.


However, the report claims Hiddink has already made the Russian billionaire aware of his desire to have Wilkins by his side should he return to the club, with the Dutchman holding a position of strength in negotiations and potentially forcing a return for his 54-year-old former assistant at Chelsea.

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