Hiddink hints at Premier League return

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2013, 08:06 AM IST

London: Anzhi Makhachkala manager Guus Hiddink has revealed that he would be keen to return to the Premier League, though insisting that he is enjoying his role in Russia.

The 66-year-old, who had a brief stint in the hotseat at Chelsea in 2008-09, has been rumoured to be on Roman Abramovich`s shortlist to succeed the outgoing Rafa Benitez this summer.

The Dutchman, who takes his free-spending Anzhi to Newcastle on Thursday evening to fight for a place in the last eight of the Europa League, says that he is open-minded about a permanent return to English soil.

"I don`t know because I`m not the youngest anymore, although I feel still very energetic and I love to be on the pitch almost every day with the guys," he told reporters.

"There is energy left, but I never can predict my future because a big part of the future is already behind me.

"I`d like to add a little sentence to that because it does seem in my answer that I`m not having a lot of joy in my current job, which is not true, I love the job which I am doing now.

"Anzhi are coming internationally from a small club. Within one year, the club image has increased a lot, the seriousness within the club and the way we are trying to play has given me also a lot of energy."

The Moscow-based club head to Tyneside with the tie delicately poised following a goalless draw in Russia and Hiddink revealed he missed the Premier League on the eve of his clash with Alan Pardew`s outfit.

He added: "I enjoyed very much the Premier League, of course and in my Chelsea time, we played here and had a good result.

"Overall, the Premier League is what every player likes to do and also the managers and coaches, they like to work in the big leagues, of course."