Hiddink back in sights of Chelsea after Russia row

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering his funding of Russia coach Guus Hiddink's vast salary.

The Daily Mail says Abramovich may stop funding Russian coach Guus Hiddink's salary after a row with the Russian Football Federation over the handling of his re-appointment. The dispute will alert Premier League side Chelsea who have been strongly linked with a move for the Dutchman in the past and could be interested in appointing the former Australia coach in the summer.

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Hiddink's £2million salary is paid by Abramovich directly through the National Academy of Football.

Ironically, if Russia do not resign Hiddink, it could pave the way for Abramovich - who is a keen admirer of the Dutchman - to move him instead to Chelsea.

Chelsea talent spotter Piet de Visser, 73, who in the past has discovered outstanding stars like Brazilian duo Romario and Ronaldo, has the ear of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and previously helped the billionaire Chelsea owner clinch Hiddink as Russia coach.

Sergei Kapkov, chairman of Abramovich's National Academy of Football in Russia, said: "He has demanded a million Euros bonus if Russia qualifies for the World Cup. We would like to understand where is the logic in such a radical increase?

"We would also like Guus to spend more days in Russia, visiting the regions.

"As for us we are seriously considering now whether we should finance a new contract if they treat us like this."

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