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Man City, Juve keen on Hiddink

GUUS HIDDINK turned down offers from both Premier League side Manchester City and Italian club Juventus, the Russia manager’s agent claimed on Friday.Cees van Nieuwenhuizen has said he was contacted by City chief executive Garry Cook to request talks with Hiddink, but the former Socceroos boss’s agent politely declined.And the Dutch coach also declined a place at Juventus.”Yes, I did [speak to Cook],” van Nieuwenhuizen said. ”But Guus is happy with Russia. Definitely.”I have received calls from all over the world about Guus. There has also been an approach from Juventus.”Van Nieuwenhuizen is not aware whether Cook wanted to discuss the possibility of Cook’s succeeding manager Mark Hughes or being installed alongside the Welshman.”I don’t know because I said it was not worth discussing it because Guus was happy,” he said.”He [Cook] asked me if it would be worthwhile having a meeting to discuss the future and what might happen next summer. But I told him that Guus was contracted to Russia.”I said I didn’t think it was worth having a meeting. Guus is very relaxed. He starts his holiday tomorrow and in January there are elections for a new president for the Russian Federation.”He is contracted until next summer but there is an offer for him to stay for two more years, and I think he will definitely stay.”Despite van Nieuwenhuizen’s claim that Hiddink will stay with the Russian team, other sources close to the 63-year-old Dutch coach suggested that he does not intend to sign a new deal with Russia and will consider other options in February.At the same time, it is believed that former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is keen to hold further talks with City should they decide to replace Hughes.The confirmation by van Nieuwenhuizen that City have been in contact will certainly raise the pressure on Hughes, whose side slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to Tottenham on Wednesday evening, a result which leaves them eighth on the Premier League table.Even though it was only City’s second defeat of the season, they have won just six of their 16 league matches, having gone through a series of seven successive draws.It was not just the defeat at White Hart Lane that has caused a deepening sense of frustration at City, but also the nature of the performance, which Hughes himself admitted was ”poor”, despite the outlay of more than £200 million ($360m) that the club undertook in the transfer market during the summer as the manager quickly rebuilt his team.As revealed in April, Hughes will had hoped to be given this season to prove himself at Manchester City. He was given that reassurance in a discussion with the owner of the club, the Abu Dhabi United Group, which did not set specific targets for this campaign beyond a significant improvement on last term.If Hughes is replaced it would appear to be an extremely harsh decision. Despite his expenditure, he has had to rebuild the squad from top to bottom and is making considerable progress in challenging the top six. He took over a team facing a relegation battle, rather than one trying to qualify for Europe.It appears that he is only part of the way through that process – the strength of Tottenham’s bench on Wednesday compared to City’s will be used as evidence to prove that he might have a strong first team, but not a strong squad.Hughes will hope to be given funds to spend in January, especially to reinforce his defence. A central defender is a priority, which could see City bid for Matthew Upson, who is keen to leave West Ham United.Hughes also needs another left back, with Wayne Bridge injured, and a creative midfielder.
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