Hiddink welcomes idea of Guardiola at Chelsea this summer

Date published: Friday 8th January 2016 5:24

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Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has welcomed the idea of Pep Guardiola arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues have been heavily linked with the Spaniard, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all other potential destinations for the sought-after former Barcelona manager.

And Hiddink, who has reiterated his intentions to leave in May, has welcomed the idea of “extra quality” arriving at the club.

Speaking ahead of the Blues’s FA Cup third round tie against Scunthorpe this weekend, the Dutchman said: “When extra quality can be added, (it’s) welcome, I think.”

Hiddink also ruled out the possibility of becoming permanent boss at Stamford Bridge, no matter how well he does.

“I’ve put two dates in my mind which is May 21 and 28 and then it’s finished. Then I can go home on the 29,” said the 69-year-old.

“Those dates are (the) FA Cup (final) and Champions League (final). We made it very clear that at the end of this then I will stop.”

Hiddink won the 2009 FA Cup during his previous spell as interim boss, when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, and a second win in the competition is an aim for Hiddink.

The Dutchman added: “Fourth place in the Premier League is difficult. Then there are two targets left and one is the FA Cup.

“It’s a big target for this group of players to get it.”

Hiddink wants Chelsea to back up the impressive showing at Crystal Palace with victory in three home games in the next week – against Scunthorpe, West Brom and Everton.

Hiddink, who did not see last season’s fourth-round exit to Bradford, said: “In the upcoming games we have to show what we’re capable of.”

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