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Guus Hiddink has confirmed he will leave his position as Russia coach when his contract expires in the summer. Nigeria claim Hiddink interest

Hiddink led Russia to Euro 2008 ahead of England, but they were beaten in a World Cup play-off match with Slovenia for this summer's tournament and he has since been linked with a number of jobs at both club and international level.

It was stated that Hiddink would not make any decision on his future until he held talks with new Russian federation president Sergei Fursenko, but he has now cleared the way to take another post.

"After a very pleasant conversation with the new federal president, it was decided that we will part ways after the expiration of my contract on June 30," he told De Telegraaf. "We decided this now in order to give the federation enough time to look for a successor."

Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus, Turkey and Eredivisie side Heerenveen are all reported to have shown interest while Hiddink's representative recently claimed he would like to lead Nigeria in South Africa after the dismissal of Shaibu Amodu. There have also been suggestions he could be offered a role at Chelsea.


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