Guus Hiddink admits that there is a growing clamor for him to remain as Chelsea’s manager beyond the end of this season.
Officially, at least, Hiddink will return to his erstwhile role as the full-time manager of Russia once the Premier League campaign comes to an end in May.
But his impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge means the Dutchman is fielding seemingly interminable questions about his future beyond the end of the season.
The former PSV Eindhoven coach revealed that he has a clause in his contract which would come into effect in November should Russia fail to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, but it is a parting of the ways before then that has been speculated upon.
“I have been very clear that I will focus fully on Russia after this project,” said Hiddink told Voetbal International.
“But people tell me: think about it; stay.
“I enjoy it a lot with the Russians and it would not be good to try and get out of your contract in the last months.
“I do have a clause that says we can stop in November if we don’t qualify, then the Russian FA can choose another direction, and I would also be free to go.”