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Agent: Hiddink still committed to Turkey

June 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Chelsea target Guus Hiddink is still "very happy'' as Turkey manager despite claims he is on his way to Stamford Bridge, according to the Dutchman's agent.

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On Monday, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) added fuel to the fire by claiming they would be powerless to prevent Hiddink heading back for a second spell in charge of Chelsea.

Hiddink is believed to be the No. 1 choice of Blues owner Roman Abramovich to succeed Carlo Ancelotti, having won the FA Cup in his first spell at the Blues as caretaker manager in 2009.

Sections of the Turkish media aimed their anger at Hiddink for failing to commit his future to the country before Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Belgium but Hiddink's agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen insists the former Real Madrid manager is happy at Turkey and is not looking to leave.

"He is very happy with the draw in Brussels because he is still in the race for the European Championships,'' Van Nieuwenhuizen said.

"Nothing has changed. I have said it before, Guus is under contract with Turkey. He has an obligation there until his contract is up in June next year. We have been saying that for weeks. Everyone is making their own stories about his future, but this is the reality.''

The TFF will be hoping the rumours linking Hiddink with a return to Chelsea, where he had a caretaker spell in 2009, will fade over the next couple of weeks if they want to keep their man.

Any chance of negotiations opening between the two clubs this week were played down by the federation.

"There is nothing official happening because both parties are away,'' TFF spokesman Turker Tozar said. "Mr Hiddink is on holiday now and the president is on holiday for a week as well. Nothing can happen at the moment.''

Reports that the TFF and Chelsea have already agreed a compensation deal for Hiddink are also wide of the mark, Tozar insisted.

"Mr Hiddink is still our manager and he has a contract until 2012,'' he added.

Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp have also been linked to the position, with the former keen to take on a high-profile manager's job after leaving Fulham last week.