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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Leicester City are looking for a new mananger after sacking Claudio Ranieri last week and the new Foxes coach could be another former Blues: Guus Hiddink.

The Dutchman guided Chelsea in two occasions: in 2009, after Felipe Scolari was sacked, and last season after José Mourinho got the boot, winning the FA Cup in his first spell at Stamford Bridge:

“I think Leicester has done very well by going with the assistant manager after Ranieri’s dismissal. They proved themselves against Liverpool. I have no had contact with Leicester,” Hiddink told to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“I have so much love for football that I do not exclude it. I never go to a club for several years, but I think it’s great to be working with young people.”

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Former Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink attended training session in Cobham before having a cordial meeting with head coach Antonio Conte earlier this morning.

The Dutchman left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season when Conte was appointed as new manager, anyway he still has good relationships with former players and staff.

Hiddink was pictured with the Italian manager just after the training session.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore, now at Ajax, slammed the Blues loaning system, claiming he didn’t feel trusted by the club:

“I felt, and feel, that I am ready for Chelsea: I don’t see the loan [picture] overall. Why did I play so much in pre-season?

 “Why was I allowed to participate so often under Guus Hiddink [last season]? Why do young players get no real chance at Chelsea?

 “It’s good for the composition of the squad if it is also home to a couple of talented youngsters.”

 

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Last year Chelsea were part of the worst title defence in the history of the Premier League. After being crowned champions in 2015 under Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese manager couldn’t find similar form in the early stages of the following season and was dismissed before the turn of the year, leaving Guus Hiddink to pick up the pieces as interim boss.

Hiddink could only muster 10th place in the league and now everyone involved with the Blues will be hoping that new manager Antonio Conte can produce something much better in the upcoming campaign.

Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta told Sky Sports that the bosses at Stamford Bridge will not accept anything outside of the top four and challenging for the title will be their target.

“Our minimum target is to reach the top four but we have to challenge for trophies and we have to challenge for the title.

“We are coming from a very low position and we are not happy with that.

“We want to come back to our real position, which is fighting for the title.

“Last season was very hard for us and our fans also but they were behind us all season.

“We were suffering but now is the time to start from the beginning.

“We have to show that we are back and that we can challenge for a title.”

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Former interim manager of Chelsea, Guus Hiddink, could be the next man to take the England hotseat.

After Roy Hodgson resigned from his post after a poor showing at the Euro 2016 finals in France, a lot of names have been thrown forward to manage England in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Amongst those names are Glenn Hoddle, Gareth Southgate, Eddie Howe and now Guus Hiddink.

Hiddink did a great job of steadying the ship at Stamford Bridge after the poor start for Jose Mourinho last season and that has clearly attracted the attention of FA bosses.

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Former Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has been targeted by FA as a candidate to replace Roy Hodgson, according to the Daily Express.

Also Arsene Wenger, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce are being considered for the vacant England after Hodgson who resigned last week.

The FA are reportedly ready to enter talks with the Dutchman over a possible appointment.

 

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Chelsea forward Diego Costa is looking to force through a transfer back to Atletico Madrid, according to AS English.

Costa joined Chelsea in 2014 for a fee of £32m. The Spanish international scored 20 goals in 26 appearances during his first season at Stamford Bridge. However, he struggled last year under Jose Mourinho and interim boss Guus Hiddink.

Recently, there has been a lot of speculation and rumour over his future with the Blues and reports suggest that he wants a move back to Madrid.

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Guus Hiddink has told Fox Sports that he will stay at Chelsea next season as a consultant. He will focus on improving the first-team pathway for Chelsea young players after more than 30 of them were sent out on loan by Jose Mourinho last season to clubs across Europe.

“You often see that the young players are not always easy to link up with the first team. You have to use them through sparingly, otherwise they can end up burnt out.”

“I already did that with Bertrand Traore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but it needs to happen more often.”

Hiddink also wants to bring former players such as Didier Drogba and Petr Cech back to the club as coaches and assistants.

“They have had a great impact here. Once they are really finished with their playing careers, they can be of great value to the club, as an assistant or scout.”

 

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Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli stated that José Mourinho could still fix things at Stamford Bridge this season and that the club made a mistake in sacking him:

I don’t think I would have changed the manager, Vialli told Goal.com

“Obviously things improved slightly after Guus Hiddink took over, he is very good at giving everybody confidence and playing things down and so on, but I didn’t see that huge of an improvement.

Jose could have stayed and sorted things out his own way. It is always difficult. Now, they definitely need someone to turn over a new leaf and start another Chelsea successful era.

“Eventually Jose left but the season has been quite average, even after [his sacking]. I am a bit disappointed but I am sure the future is very bright.”

Vialli tried to analyse the reasons why Chelsea started so bad in the beginning of this last campaign:

“When [the squad returned to pre-season] they were looking strangely tired, as if they had not been able to recharge their batteries. They were not prepared to fight.

“Jose probably didn’t handle that situation in the right way because he was always very demanding publicly, criticising the players and trying to really push them to achieve more and play better. 

“I thought at the time that the players actually needed the opposite treatment. It you’re not winning, keep your mouth shut.”

Vialli also spoke about next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, that he knows really well since the pair shared the dressing room at Juventus in the 90s:

“He is a great manager,” Vialli said.

“I spoke to players at Juventus who have worked with Antonio Conte, and some of the greatest managers, and they reckon that Antonio Conte is the best.

“His team always plays with humility, with pride, with controlled aggression, his teams never give up and he is prepared to work really hard to achieve great things. So he creates that culture. 

“He is not a disciplinarian, he’s just somebody that demands that the players try as hard as they possibly can in training and on matchdays.

“I also believe that the Chelsea dressing room is used to having managers like that Ancelotti is demanding, Mourinho is demanding, they are used to the continental mentality.”

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Guus Hiddink held his final press conference as a Chelsea manager this afternoon after the 1-1 draw against Leicester.

When asked if he had some special feelings after his farewell he said:

“I didn’t feel tears going over my cheeks but of course it’s always emotional.

“It’s not that dramatic as I think I will be back every now and then, not in the limelight, just hidden a bit, to help out with the academy boys etc, so I won’t say a dramatic crying goodbye as after the summer I will be back every now and again.”

Hiddink also stated that he is confident the club will do well next season:

“I have full confidence they will go up to where they belong and that is fighting for silverware and being at least in fourth, third, second or first position.

“It won’t be easy. This season we are all aware what other clubs can do as well. We have seen Leicester and Tottenham and also West Ham doing well. Other clubs are knocking on the door and having more finances, and maybe with some smart recruiting, I don’t think it’s now a done deal that the four established clubs from the past are the four established clubs for the future.”

About John Terry’s future, he claimed:

“I am happy they are in contact and they are talking. That’s good. I don’t want to speculate but personally I hope they will manage to come to a solution.

“Although he is 35 he is still physically and mentally very fit. He can contribute a lot.”

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