Premier League - Turkey warn Chelsea on Hiddink
Fri, 15 Apr 10:02:00 2011
Turkey will look dimly upon any attempt by Chelsea to lure their manager Guus Hiddink back to Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink had a brief spell in charge of the Blues when he was also manager of Russia back in 2009. That is not a situation the Turkish Football Federation would be keen to replicate, though, with Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti linked with a move away from the club at the end of a below-par season.
Turker Tozar, the senior national team communications manager, was quoted on www.telegraph.co.uk as saying: "Only last week we refused an approach for him from Ajax and the contract between him and our president (Mahmut Ozgener) does not allow him to work for a club while he is working for the Turkish national team."
Tozar added: "There is a specific clause and our president would look coldly at any attempt to change that.
"We understand that people like Roman Abramovich have him in mind but if he made an offer to us it would be refused.
"If you look at Guus Hiddink's career he has always fulfilled his contract and he has also told us that Turkey could be his last stop as a coach.
"We would like him to take us to the 2014 World Cup finals."
Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen suggested it was unlikely Hiddink would walk out on Turkey.
"Guus has never broken a contract in his life and Roman Abramovich understands that," he was quoted as saying in The Sun. "He is under contract with Turkey for their Euro 2012 campaign and it looks as though they will qualify for the play-offs."
Turkey currently sit third in Euro 2012 qualifying group A, behind Germany and Belgium.