Guus Hiddink 'committed to Turkey' despite Chelsea link

Guus Hiddink
Hiddink won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009, when he was interim boss

Guus Hiddink is committed to his role as Turkey boss until at least October, according to his agent, despite being linked with the Chelsea vacancy.

Hiddink is contracted to Turkey until the end of Euro 2012 but could leave this autumn if they fail to qualify.

"He is focusing on his job and he likes what he is doing," said Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.

"Once [Turkey's European Championships campaign] is finished, he will start thinking about his future."

On Sunday, Chelsea sacked Carlo Ancelotti after he ended his second season at the club without a trophy.

They finished as runners-up in the Premier League after Manchester United clinched their 19th title, lost to United in the Champions League quarter-finals, and also missed out in the FA Cup and League Cup.

Hiddink had a spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009, guiding them to victory in the FA Cup, but it was only an interim appointment and he returned to his substantive job with Russia's national team at the end of the season.

The Dutchman stepped down from that role after they failed to qualify for the World Cup, but was recruited by Turkey in February last year.

Guus Hiddink and Frank Lampard
Hiddink guided Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009

He has retained an advisory role with Chelsea, and now appears to be the number one target to succeed Ancelotti, with owner Roman Abramovich, who bankrolled an audacious £50m move for striker Fernando Torres during the January transfer window, eager to recapture the Premier League trophy from United, while also guiding the club to a first Champions League success.

Asked if any approach for Hiddink would be rebuffed, a spokesman for the Turkish Football Federation said: "Last month, our vice-president was asked and he said we had long-term plans with Mr Hiddink. If there are new issues, Hiddink will talk about this."

"At this stage, we will leave everything to Mr Hiddink and if he sees the need to speak about this issue, he will do this personally.

"We have a press conference on 27 May. If he wishes comment on these rumours or leaks, he will do it."

Turkey currently lie third in Group A and face a crucial match with second-placed Belgium on 3 June.

Rafael Benitez's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, has denied reports that the former Liverpool manager has held talks with Turkey about taking over from Hiddink.

"Absolutely not," said Quilon. "He has not been approached by Turkey and, hence, he has not held talks regarding coaching the national team.

"He has received some offers from several clubs. His priority is to be in England."

Defeat for Turkey against Belgium would leave them four points adrift of a play-off spot with four games remaining and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Hiddink could be sacked.

If not, Chelsea could be faced with the dilemma of waiting for him to become available - and therefore appointing an interim manager - or looking elsewhere.

Andre Villas-Boas, who led Porto to the Europa League this season, and Marco van Basten are the other favourites for the job.

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