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Hiddink pushes Van Basten case to Chelsea

Marco van Basten's chances of landing the Chelsea job are gathering pace.

The Daily Mail says Van Basten will not discuss a new contract with the Dutch FA until November.

The Holland coach will be a free agent next summer and has emerged as a candidate to take charge at Chelsea when Avram Grant's rein ends.

Van Basten sat behind Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich at Old Trafford yesterday as Manchester United beat Grant's side 2-0.

He is thought to have the approval of Guus Hiddink, who met Abramovich two weeks ago when he was in London with Russia. The Dutch FA knew about Van Basten's trip to Old Trafford and claimed he was there to check on Edwin van der Sar, the 36-year-old United goalkeeper.

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