Premier League - Hiddink 'expected to leave Turkey'

Mon, 06 Jun 17:00:00 2011

Reports claim that Turkey have abandoned hope of convincing manager Guus Hiddink to reject the overtures of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, although the Turkish Football Federation insist he is still their coach.

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The BBC is reporting a Turkish Football Federation source as saying Hiddink "can't say no to Chelsea, we believe he wants to leave".

The official line of the TFF is that no deal has been agreed and that Hiddink is still manager.

Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009 after arriving as a caretaker in the wake of Luiz Felipe Scolari's sacking and is believed to be the frontrunner to replace the recently departed Carlo Ancelotti.

Though he initially suggested he could combine the two roles, Hiddink is now expected to leave Turkey following the country's 1-1 draw against Belgium in Euro 2012 qualifying at the weekend and join Chelsea on a full-time basis.

A source at the federation said the likely departure of president Mahmut Ozgener at elections at the end of June would end any chance of Hiddink remaining in charge of the country.

The BBC source said: "If Ozgener was staying, Guus would probably stay too. Ozgener has gone on holiday and hasn't decided if he will stand for re-election but even if does, he's likely to lose.

"Hiddink says he has a contract but these promises don't have value. Chelsea is too good an offer to turn down and the federation understands this.

"Hiddink feels he still has a job to do there, he wants to work every day, and win Championships and maybe the Champions League.

"We will understand that he has coached his last Turkey game as long as Chelsea pay the compensation."

Meanwhile, TFF spokesman Turker Tozar said: "There is nothing official happening because both parties are away, Mr Hiddink is on holiday now and the president is on holiday for a week as well. Nothing can happen at the moment."

Reports the TFF and Chelsea have already agreed a compensation deal for Hiddink are also wide of the mark, as Tozar insisted: "Mr Hiddink is still our manager and he has a contract until 2012,"


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