Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has claimed he could have been in charge of new Premier League champions Leicester City at the start of the season.
The Dutchman is currently in the Stamford Bridge hotseat until the end of this campaign but has revealed that newly-crowned champions Leicester City were after his services last summer.
Hiddink says he was approached by Leicester but felt he needed a break from management after being dismissed as Holland boss.
“It is true Leicester asked me [to be their coach] for this season,” the Dutchman told Telesport.
“But I had decided it was time for a rest, and I wanted to just do nothing.”
The Foxes instead appointed Claudio Ranieri who masterminded them to a maiden top-flight title on Monday – sealed by Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Ranieri, who was making his way back from his native Italy on Monday evening, contacted Hiddink after the conclusion of the match at Stamford Bridge to thank the Dutchman for ending Tottenham’s title bid.
Hiddink said of the phone call: “Just after the final whistle, a few minutes after the judo, I got a call from Ranieri. He thanked us especially for what we did in the second half and I congratulated him for being champions.
“They deserved it, it may be a bit of a shock for the established clubs that they did so well. They didn’t implode, there was no tension when they started smelling the title.
“I didn’t see any tears because it was not a FaceTime conversation but his voice was trembling a bit. He said five times thanks. His emotion was going up.”
Leicester will lift the title in front of their own fans at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening when they entertain Everton.