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Chelsea to make formal approach for Hiddink

Chelsea's attempts to make Guus Hiddink their new manager will move a step closer this week when the London club make a formal approach to the Turkish Football Federation.

Hiddink took charge of Turkey in their 1-1 draw with Belgium on Friday leaving his side in contention for a play-off place for Euro 2012 but the Turkish Federation appears resigned to losing the former PSV Eindhoven manager.

The major obstacle to Hiddink's return to Stamford Bridge, two years after he guided the club to the FA Cup, is the £4 million release clause in his current contract with the Turkish FA.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reported to be unwilling to pay that much and has told club officials to negotiate a cheaper compensation payment for the 64-year-old former Holland manager.

Although he usually doesn't like to break contracts Hiddink is reported to be unhappy that Mahmut Ozgener, the man who hired him, looks set to be axed as the head of the Turkish FA.

Hiddink himself was coy when quizzed on Friday about a possible return to the Premier League: 'I can't answer that. Everything is fluid. My time at Chelsea was a beautiful time. Everybody knows that.'

'I still have a contract with Turkey but at my age when some issues come up, you always have to talk about them. At my age, most of my story is behind me.'

Chelsea hope to have Hiddink installed as their new manager by mid-June with pre-season training set to resume on 4 July.

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