Turkey coach Guus Hiddink has a Chelsea escape clause in his contract, it has been revealed.
The Daily Mail says Hiddink has an escape clause in his contract with the Turkish football federation that allows him to move to Stamford Bridge if Chelsea come calling.
Turkish officials admitted they were resigned to losing their Dutch coach and the 64-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor later this week.
Hiddink has remained close to Roman Abramovich, acting in an advisory role since his 2009 stint as manager of the club.
And now it seems the Russian billionaire always had it in mind to bring back Hiddink should it not work out with Ancelotti.
Sources in Holland insisted Hiddink still intends to perform a managerial role, having expressed a desire over the weekend to return to the day-to-day involvement of working with players "on the pitch".
This was said in response to suggestions he was set to become director of football at Chelsea.
But the structure could yet see him bring another, less experienced manager with him.
Marco van Basten, currently out of work, is understood to be the preferred choice of Hiddink, who has enjoyed spells working with Frank Rijkaard and Ronald Koeman.