Hiddink leaves door open to Chelsea move

Guus Hiddink Guus Hiddink left the possibility of a return to

Chelsea open on Friday and his future with Turkey uncertain.

The 64-year-old Dutchman put a hand over his heart when

recollections of Chelsea came up and said ”it was a beautiful

time.” Despite his contract with Turkey till next year, he did not

rule reliving them soon.

When asked after Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Belgium late Friday

whether he would be in charge of its next Euro 2012 qualifier in

September, he said ”we’ll see.”

”There is nothing certain,” he said.

Team captain John Terry said he would welcome back Hiddink, who

has remained as a Chelsea adviser since winning the FA Cup in 2009.

Carlo Ancelotti was fired last month after his second season at

Stamford Bridge ended without a trophy.

”At my age, when some issues can come up we can always talk,”

Hiddink said.

Turkey is in a hot race for second place in Group A of Euro

2012, the kind of international challenge Hiddink has always

thrived on since he took South Korea into the semifinals of World

Cup 2002 and Australia into the second round four years later.

Stanford Bridge though also still tugs at his heart.

Hiddink insisted only one thing was certain as of next week. He

was going on holiday, happy to see how his future would play


He certainly did not show any detachment from Turkey’s national

team, trying to bring any question about his future back to

Friday’s game, which he was lucky to escape with a draw after

Belgium’s Axel Witsel missed a late penalty.

”We were lucky that it was missed,” Hiddink said. ”We can be

happy with the result.”

Behind runaway leader Germany with a perfect 18 points, Belgium

held on to second place with 11 points from seven games, with

Turkey totaling 10 points from six. Second place almost certainly

assures a playoff spot for the finals in Poland-Ukraine next


Whatever happens, Hiddink took a philosophical approach. ”My

future is more behind me than in front of me.”