Hiddink 'to become Chelsea boss'
Russia coach Guus Hiddink has told Dutch radio he expects to become the new manager of Chelsea next week, BBC reported.
Hiddink is set to take charge for the rest of the season after the Russian Football Association said they would allow the 62-year-old to do both jobs.
The Dutchman, who is friends with the Blues' Russian owner Roman Abramovich, did not rule out a permanent move.
"One of these days I will go to London. I expect to be there on the field next week," Hiddink told Radio 538.
Hiddink said he planned to attend Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Watford on Saturday and, if a deal can be secured in time, his first Premier League game could be at Aston Villa on 21 February.
"It's never enough time to prepare a team in one week but this is an exceptional situation," he added. "Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier."
Abramovich made the move for Hiddink following the club's decision to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday.
Hiddink, who is contracted to Russia until the end of the 2010 World Cup, added: "It's a favour for a friend. Abramovich does so much for Russian football that I wanted to do something back. He called me personally.
"I can do it because Russia are only playing two matches in April and one in June, but the English league is finished then."
Earlier in the week Hiddink emphasised his commitment to the Russian team by saying it was a "long-term project" and would not like to leave it "unfinished".
However, when asked about the possibility of continuing beyond this season at Stamford Bridge, Hiddink said: "There are two scenarios: it goes bad and they say 'go back east' or it goes well, but I'm not thinking that far ahead."
Russia have two World Cup qualifiers over the course of the rest of the Premier League season - at home to minnows Azerbaijan on 28 March and away to Liechtenstein four days later.
With Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League and struggling for form, Hiddink revealed he planned to contact his Chelsea predecessor Scolari within the next two days to discuss team matters.
With a contract still to be completed with his new employers, he added: "I don't have to sign one. It's not a question of money."
Hiddink said he would not be bringing in new assistants "at this time" and regarding playing personnel, he added: "I always want to see the situation in the team myself first before making any changes if they have to be made."
The Dutchman has the extensive club and international experience Abramovich has been searching for, having coached PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid as well as the Netherlands, South Korea and Australia.
Billionaire Abramovich, who agreed a compensation package with Scolari and his backroom staff on Tuesday evening, was instrumental in Hiddink's appointment as Russia manager in 2006, and the pair have since maintained close ties.