Russia coach Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Roman Abramovich spoke to him about replacing Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Chelsea’s have insisted that recently-appointed manager Avram Grant is the permanent successor to Mourinho, but Hiddink has revealed that Abramovich had approached him with a view to becoming the next manager at Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink’s existing deal runs until 2008 but he has already engaged in discussions to extend this deal by a further two years.
“Abramovich asked me, ‘What do you want?’ I told him that right now I want to do nothing else except concentrate on Russia,” he told The Daily Express.
“I want to see this through now and then see what happens.
“We have started a project here with this team and they want us to stay on for another two years after the European Championship.”