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Chelsea players want Guus Hiddink to remain as manager beyond the end of the season, according to John Obi Mikel.
Hiddink was appointed caretaker manager in December following Jose Mourinho's departure and has overseen am upturn in form, but he has made it clear he will step down at the end of the season.
While the Chelsea board continue their search for a permanent manager, Mikel believes Hiddink should stay on.
"It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board. They will have to decide," he said.
"But if you speak to the players, 98 or 99 per cent of them want him to stay so I mean, we are very happy, we are performing well and let’s hope this continues.
"It depends on the board and it depends on Guus if he wants to continue. He has said that he is here until the end of the season but you never know, he might change his mind.
"If the club want to appoint him fair enough. His record speaks for itself."