Mark Hughes admits he would one day love to return to Chelsea as the club's manager.
Hughes scored 39 goals in 123 appearances for the Blues in the 1990s and also helped them win the FA Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup. The 46-year-old then embarked on a career in management that has seen him take charge of Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City and most recently Fulham.
Hughes left Craven Cottage last year after turning down a contract extension, and while there is little chance of him deposing the highly-rated current Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas soon, the Welshman would like to manage the Stamford Bridge club one day.
"It would be very nice,'' Hughes said. "Chelsea is the club I have a very special affinity for. Obviously I had a fantastic time here as a player. As a manager you want to test yourself at the very top, so if in the future if it's ever possible for me to work here then I would be absolutely delighted to because it's an outstanding club.''
Hughes sparked dismay among most Fulham fans after walking out on the club after just one year in charge. He spent little over a year at City before being replaced by Roberto Mancini and Hughes admits he is now focused on finding a club where he feels he can remain in charge for a long time.
"I had my reasons for leaving my last post and I just hope that I get an opportunity to get a job in which I can show a bit of longevity because that's what I'm looking for,'' Hughes said.