Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has admitted he was recently approached to manage in the Chinese Super League. The 69-year-old Dutchman replaced Jose Mourinho as the Chelsea boss in December, but has revealed he had the opportunity to manage elsewhere.
The Blues recently sold midfielder Ramires to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, while fellow Brazilian Oscar has been strongly linked with a big-money move to the burgeoning domestic competition. However, Hiddink thinks the Premier League is a more attractive proposition for players and managers.
"I had some possibilities to go there in the recent past," the Chelsea boss said, according to the BBC.
The former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson and ex-Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari are currently managing clubs in the Chinese Super League. But Hiddink thinks the majority of players would still opt to try their luck in the Premier League.
"When you travel around the world, the Premier League is so attractive, attracting a lot of people," the interim Chelsea boss said. "In the biggest cities to the smallest villages, wherever in the world there is a satellite showing Premier League."
Hiddink, who is currently enjoying his second spell in charge at Chelsea, also pointed out that English clubs will have even more financial clout in the coming years, because of the lucrative new broadcast deal, which is worth £5 billion ($7.25 billion) domestically. "Clubs in England cannot complain about having no income in the near future," he said.