Russia head coach Guus Hiddink moved to quell speculation about his short-term future on Wednesday by saying that he intends to see out his contract with the Russian Football Union (RFU).
The Dutchman announced his decision after arriving in the Russian capital to meet newly installed RFU chief Sergei Fursenko. "I'm happy to be back here," Hiddink said. "I will stay in Moscow for several days before attending the draw ceremony for the 2012 European Championship in Poland. After that we will start our preparations for the friendly with Hungary."
Hiddink added that he was set to meet Fursenko on Thursday to discuss his future with the national side. "My contract expires in July. Let's wait and see what happens after that," he said.
"In December I took a small vacation to rehabilitate after our failure in the (2010 World Cup) qualifying campaign. Now the time for a comeback has arrived."
Hiddink, who led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup during a short spell at the Premier League club at the end of last season, has in recent weeks been linked to the managerial posts at Liverpool and Juventus.
Fursenko said he would discuss Hiddink's position with the former Australia and Korea Republic coach before making any decision about his future in the post.
"We are both interested in meeting as soon as possible to discuss his work in Russia and our team's future," said Fursenko. "We will discuss all the slightest details without any haste."