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Guus Hiddink urges Chelsea to announce new manager as soon as possible

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Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has urged the club to swiftly confirm their next managerial appointment, according to the the Daily Mail.

Reports suggest the Blues are close to confirming Antonio Conte as their new manager after representatives from either party met and held positive talks earlier this week.

However, Chelsea are wary of making any announcement amidst a pivotal point of their campaign, with the second leg of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain next week.

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Hiddink has revealed he doesn't know who will replace him at the end of the season but believes a decision should be made soon, despite fears that Chelsea players could be affected.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Dutchman said: "I am in favour, but it's personal opinion that when things are done you make it transparent.

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"That way it's clear for everyone. The speculation about this candidate or that candidate, [if] it's obvious, it's clear, then everyone can do his job at his club, and he can prepare for the upcoming time.

"For me it's not a problem to be transparent when announcing who will be the next manager. The example is now Man City.

"They know Pep Guardiola is coming, and there were questions, but is Manuel Pellegrini losing more authority? No."

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Conte, the apparent frontrunner, is currently in charge of the Italy national side with his contract set to expire after Euro 2016. He plans to leave the job whether Chelsea appoint him or not.

Prior to taking the job, Conte won three Serie A titles with Juventus during his three-year stay, also winning Italy's top-flight five times as a player.

Chelsea face a difficult test away at Southampton this weekend and will hope to continue their fine form under Hiddink, who has lost just once since taking over at Stamford Bridge.

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