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Hiddink explains reasons for taking Anzhi job

Former Chelsea caretaker manager Guus Hiddink has revealed his reasons for taking the job at Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Dutchman has been appointed in a managerial and overall development role by the ambitious Russian club and says the project is one that genuinely excites him.

"At the end of last year we had long discussions with Anzhi and that's why I have now made a prompt decision," he told the club's official website.

"I'm glad to accept such an opportunity, to work not only with the football team but also with my friends who invited me here.

"The most significant thing for me is that the club is building plans on football development in the republic.

"It's just as important as the sporting results of the first team, and I'm going to pay special attention to this direction.

"We spoke a lot with (club owner) Suleiman Kerimov about this, after which I understood what a huge project I was invited to.

"I know about the ambitions of the stockholder, the club, fans - now it's known to the whole world. I'll do my best so that the team's play will satisfy these ambitions."

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