London: The manager of the Turkish football team, Guus Hiddink, has opened the way for a dramatic return to Chelsea after admitting that he would welcome an offer to take over as the club’s next manager.
“If there was a concrete offer, then I would think about it,” a newspaper quoted Hiddink, as saying.
“There’s nothing concrete. You cannot go into all kind of speculation or rumours because there’s nothing concrete. The moment things are concrete, I’ll go to where I have to be, direct,” he added.
That “concrete offer” is due to be made next Saturday, the day after Turkey play Belgium in a crucial Euro 2012 qualification tie in Brussels.
Hiddink is Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s first choice to succeed Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea parted company with Ancelotti, who won the Premier League and FA Cup Double last season, just hours after their 1-0 defeat to Everton following a disappointing second season with the Blues.
Hiddink, who won the FA Cup during a three-month spell as temporary Chelsea boss in 2009, is still in contact with Abramovich in an advisory role.
The 64-year-old is currently under contract with Turkey until the end of their Euro 2012 campaign, but could be available after the Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium on June 3.