Agent: Van Basten in demand

Published May. 13, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Chelsea have been warned that they will face competition if they want to employ Marco van Basten as manager this summer.

The former Holland boss is among the favourites to become Chelsea's next manager, with the writing widely reported to be on the wall for current coach Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.

Reports suggest that another Dutchman, Guus Hiddink, has been touted as owner Roman Abramovich's number one target to take the helm after his previous spell with the Blues.

However, Hiddink is rumoured to have advised Abramovich to take on Holland legend Van Basten due to his own reluctance to come back to club management on a permanent basis.

Van Basten has not managed since walking out of Ajax two years ago, despite links with Fiorentina and Sporting Lisbon, but unlike Turkey boss Hiddink and Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas, is available immediately.


Perry Van Overeem, the 46-year-old's agent, claimed that Van Basten was a man in demand, and was reluctant to confirm whether his client was interested in the job should Ancelotti go.


"He's just waiting for the right job to come along and looking forward to getting back into the game again," Van Overeem said.

"As long as clubs are working with their managers, it's not really useful to say whether he would be interested in any particular job."