Turkey rebuke Hiddink exit talk

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) have denied reports that national team coach Guus Hiddink is headed for Chelsea.On Monday, the BBC quoted a senior source at the TFF as saying the association is resigned to losing the 64-year-old Dutchman to Stamford Bridge, where a vacant managerial position is waiting following Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking.

The report sparked a fresh round of criticism in Turkey, with leading media outlets prematurely lambasting Hiddink for abandoning the national team ahead of the 2012 European Championships.

But a TFF spokesman has since rubbished the speculation of Hiddink’s departure, saying there would be no movement on the issue until TFF President Mahmut Ozgener returns from holiday.

“There is nothing official happening because both parties are away,” Turker Tozar said.

“Mr Hiddink is on holiday now and the president is on holiday for a week as well. Nothing can happen at the moment.”

Tozar also denied that a compensation deal had already been negotiated between the TFF and Chelsea, saying: “Mr Hiddink is still our manager and he has a contract until 2012.”

Hiddink had a temporary spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009 after they sacked Luis Felipe Scolari, and he led the Blues to FA Cup glory that season.

However his commitment to coaching the Russian national team meant his tenure was only temporary.

He is known to have a strong relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who sacked Ancelotti despite the Blues finishing runners-up behind champions Manchester United in the English Premier League.