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Hiddink prepares for Chelsea return

Russia coach Guus Hiddink is ready to return to Chelsea. The Guardian says Hiddink plans to return to Chelsea as technical director following his failure to guide Russia to the World Cup. Hiddink said yesterday that an announcement on his future could come as early as next month.

He has a contract as Russia's head coach until the end of June 2010 but sources say the Dutchman will almost certainly quit and take a job at Chelsea.

A source close to Hiddink said: "He would go back and would be in position [to assist] if something is going not that well."

He added: "The Chelsea players like him. He's already been at the club. There is a proverb in Russian that you can step twice into the same water. It is something he is capable of."

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