Hiddink open to Chelsea return

Guus Hiddink would consider returning to Chelsea as manager this summer to replace Rafael Benitez, having spent a short period at Stamford Bridge in 2009, the Daily Mail has reported.

Hiddink is currently manager of wealthy Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, who play Newcastle in the second leg of the last 16 Europa League tie at St James’ Park on Thursday. The first leg ended in a goalless draw.

The Dutchman has admitted he enjoyed his short spell at Chelsea, taking over after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked in February 2009 and remaining in place until the end of the season, winning the FA Cup by beating Everton at Wembley despite conceding to a Louis Saha goal after little more than 20 seconds.

Speaking of his time in the Premier League, Hiddink said: “I enjoyed it very much. I follow the Premier League a lot, of course, and in my time at Chelsea we played here at Newcastle. I think we had a good result here. I enjoyed very much playing here and overall in the Premier League.

The 66-year-old went to say that he would not rule out a return to English football one day, but added that he would have to think over the decision carefully because of his age – and that he was very happy working at Anzhi.

Hiddink also denied that Anzhi had made an offer for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after it was reported earlier this week that the Spaniard turned down the move.

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