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Guus Hiddink has talked up a return to English football with Chelsea after admitting he's unlikely to stay on as Turkey boss after failure to qualify for Euro 2012 following their play-off defeat to Croatia

With a three-goal deficit from the first leg, Hiddink's men toiled in Zagreb, eventually playing out a goalless draw.

But while the 65-year-old isn't expected to retain his role with the Turkish national team, he maintains he's not looking to retire.

"This could be my last game as Turkey's coach," he said.

"I am happy about young players' performances. Euro 2012 could have been a great experience for them ... I don't have any regrets about my Turkey experience.

"I worked for the future of Turkey but I think this is my last match with this team - there is a high probability of that."

"I'm not ready to retire," he added.

"I like to be involved with a team on a daily basis, but maybe I am ready to step out of the limelight a little bit, away from the cameras.

"Hopefully I will still be involved but perhaps it will be as an adviser or a consultant."

Hiddink's previous international successes had seen him take Netherlands, Australia and Russia to major tournaments over the last 15 years, but failure to qualify for the World Cup with the Russians in 2010 coupled with this latest failure with Turkey may force the boss into a return to a club role.

His most recent club position came with Chelsea in 2009, where he won the FA Cup after taking over mid-season from Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, a period that the Dutch boss still holds in great regard.

"I've not made up my mind about the future yet," he added.

"I'm going to take some time off and then we will see what happens, but I had a wonderful time in England.

"It was great at Chelsea, a terrific time, but that doesn't mean I am ready to start tomorrow. I need some time to reflect."

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