Rumours of Guus Hiddink replacing Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager have now been put to bed after the Dutch coach signed for Anzhi Makhachkala.
Villas-Boas has been under increasing pressure in recent weeks after series of poor performances saw the Stamford Bridge club slip out of the top four on goal difference.
There had been reports that some of the Blues senior players wanted Hiddink back, but he has now ended speculation after signing what is thought to be an 18-month contract worth around £12million.
“We discussed Anzhi for quite some time at the end of last year so now I took the decision quickly,” Hiddink is quoted as saying in The Gurdian.
“I'm happy that I got this chance – to work not only in a football club but to work with friends who invited me here.”
Chelsea fans have fond memories of Hiddink as he came in on a short-term deal when Abramovich sacked Luis Felipe Scolari in 2009, after a similarly unsuccessful beginning to his Blues tenure.
The Dutchman turned the season around at Stamford Bridge, getting them back into the top four and winning the FA Cup.
Hiddink had a successful spell as manager of the Russian team, getting them to the semi-finals of Euro 2008.
He was, up until recently, in charge of the Turkish national team but he resigned after failing to qualify for Euro 2012, losing 3-0 to Croatia in the second-placed play-offs.
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