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Hiddink hints at Premier League return

14 March 2013 01:13

Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink has revealed his interest in returning to the Premier League.

The 66-year-old, who had a brief stint as Chelsea manager in 2008-09, has been rumoured to be on Roman Abramovich's shortlist to succeed the outgoing Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge in the close season.

Hiddink, who takes his free-spending Anzhi to Newcastle on Thursday to fight for a place in the last eight of the Europa League, says that he is open-minded about a permanent return to English soil.

"I don't know because I'm not the youngest anymore, although I feel still very energetic and I love to be on the pitch almost every day with the guys," Hiddink told reporters.

"There is energy left, but I never can predict my future because a big part of the future is already behind me.

"I'd like to add a little sentence to that because it does seem in my answer that I'm not having a lot of joy in my current job, which is not true, I love the job which I am doing now.

"Anzhi are coming internationally from a small club. Within one year, the club image has increased a lot, the seriousness within the club and the way we are trying to play has given me also a lot of energy."

Hiddink, whose side head to Tyneside with the tie delicately poised following a goalless draw in the first leg, added that he misses the Premier League.

"I enjoyed very much the Premier League, of course and in my Chelsea time, we played here and had a good result," Hiddink continued.

"Overall, the Premier League is what every player likes to do and also the managers and coaches, they like to work in the big leagues, of course."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
14 March 2013
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
On aggregate
1 - 0
Venue
St. James' Park (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Attendance
45487

Goals

P. Cissé 90'+4
(assist by S. Marveaux) 
1 - 0

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25
37
# Player Bookings
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