Chelsea captain John Terry believes Guus Hiddink will be in high demand once he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Premier League champions began their title defence this term on a dismal note that led to them being menacingly close to the relegation zone and ultimately resulted in Jose Mourinho losing his job in December.
Since Hiddink became interim manager for the second time, the Blues have lost just once in 15 games in all competition- a stark contrast to their early season display.
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Terry is confident there won’t be any shortage of interest for the Dutchman among the elite clubs across Europe this summer.
As reported by ESPN, the Englishman said: “We’ve all said [that we’d like him to stay] but the club made it clear and Guus has made it clear [he won’t get the job] as well.”
“What he has done is put himself in the shop window – I bet there are a million clubs who’ve seen what he’s done here, and who knows? It might be an opportunity for him.”
There are speculations that the 69-year-old will be offered an advisory role at the west London club but Terry himself couldn’t confirm anything regarding the issue.
“I’m not sure if he’ll stay in a role within the club but I can only speak about Guus before and Guus now, and both times he’s been superb.”
Several players in the squad have voiced their support in the past weeks for Hiddink to stay beyond this term. But it seems Italy head coach Antonio Conte remains favourite to succeed him next season.
FUTURE WITH THE BLUES
The centre-back himself might also be leaving Stamford Bridge after serving the club for 18 years, but when asked about any development in the extension of his contract Terry was positive about his future.
Speaking at the London Football Awards, he said: “I am still very hopeful. I have been there 21 years and I will never give up until it finally happens. But who knows?”
“I have still got a lot to give – whether that is here or somewhere else – that is for sure.”
Terry has been on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury at home against Newcastle United in February but he is contemplating a return to first-team action next week when Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
“PSG is the target. I may be involved in some capacity at the weekend [against Stoke City], but we’re just taking it day by day.”