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Hiddink Considers Return to Chelsea, Mail Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Guus’s Return

Guus Hiddink is considering a return to Chelsea after saying he’d like to work in England again after leaving his job as coach of Turkey’s national team, the Daily Mail said.

Hiddink led the Blues to victory in the 2009 F.A. Cup final during his fourth-month spell as interim manager. The Dutchman remains close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the newspaper said, and Hiddink hasn’t made up his mind about his future.

Double for Johnson

Adam Johnson will double his wages to 80,000 pounds a week as Manchester City seeks to end any question about the 24-year-old’s future, the Sun said.

Johnson was purchased from Middlesbrough for 7 million pounds ($11 million) in January 2010 and has made 71 appearances, the newspaper said. The contract extension will settle the player, whose work rate was questioned by City coach Roberto Mancini last month, the Sun said.

Rushing for Berbatov

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is prepared to bid 15 million pounds for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, the Daily Mirror said.

The striker isn’t part of Alex Ferguson’s regular lineup, and would be willing to move for 12 million pounds a year, the newspaper said. Anzhi is offering wages of about 7.5 million pounds a year, the Mirror said.

He joined United from Tottenham for 30 million pounds in 2008.

Sturridge Challenge

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has told manager Andre Villas-Boas he wants to replace Fernando Torres as the team’s main striker in order to boost his chances to join the England squad for the European Championships, the Express said.

Sturridge debuted this week as a substitute in England’s 1-0 defeat of Sweden and wants more appearances, the newspaper said. He’s scored five times this season for Chelsea, one more time than Torres, the Express said.

Adams Quits Gabala

Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has resigned as coach of FC Gabala in Azerbaijan after 18 months, the Daily Mail said.

He’s leaving for family reasons, and will be replaced by his assistant Gary Stevens, a former Tottenham and England defender, the newspaper said. The team failed to finish in the league’s top six last season, which didn’t allow it to play for places in the Europa and Champions leagues, the Mail said.

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