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Agent insists Hiddink was Chelsea first-choice

The agent of Guus Hiddink insists the Dutchman was first-choice for the job at Chelsea.

Hiddink and not André Villas-Boas was Roman Abramovich's first choice to become Chelsea's new manager, according to the Dutchman's agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.

Hiddink told Abramovich he intended to stay loyal to Turkey until qualification for next summer's European Championship was achieved, and Chelsea respected his wishes "because of the good relationship Guus has with Abramovich", according to Nieuwenhuizen.

He told the Observer: "Every now and then they talk, they see each other, and Guus would say: 'I have a contract so it's no use considering a position for me at Chelsea.' I think Abramovich has respected that position."

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