Chelsea face major battle to prise Hiddink from Turks

Turkish FA up the ante with threat to report Blues to Fifa if Dutchman breaks his contract
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The Turkish FA are threatening to report Chelsea to Fifa, if Guus Hiddink breaks his contract to engineer a return to Stamford Bridge.

Their president, Mahmut Ozgener, who had been a staunch ally of the 64-year-old Dutchman, claimed he had been misled by Hiddink.

The Turkish FA appear determined to force the maximum compensation for Hiddink, who some media outlets in Istanbul claim is paid much more than his reported £4m salary. Chelsea were reported to Fifa over the transfer of Gaël Kakuta from Lens, which resulted in them receiving a transfer ban that was overturned on appeal.

"Chelsea have a record of signing players while under contract," Ozgener said. "If the same thing happens with Hiddink, we will make a file of the payments we made to Hiddink and we will go to Fifa.

"After the game with Belgium [on 3 June] I went into the dressing room and asked Hiddink what he would do. He replied that he would go to watch the Turkey B team and then fly to South Korea for a charity match.

"Afterwards, I learned he had told the players different things. You cannot come to Turkey and just leave when you want."

Hiddink, who did go to South Korea, appears to accept there will be no amicable parting if he is to return to the club he took to the FA Cup in 2009. His agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, has always insisted he would not break a contract with Turkey that has a year to run – thus ruling out a resignation.

Although a move to Chelsea remains the most likely outcome, Hiddink yesterday insisted in his column in De Telegraaf that he is focusing on Turkey's four remaining qualifiers for the European Championship.

He said he had not been in direct contact with Chelsea "in the last couple of weeks" and was irritated by suggestions he was acting as a consultant to the club "over the imminent transfer of Wesley Sneijder to Chelsea". Sneijder, however, suggested yesterday he would stay at Internazionale for another season.

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