Number one target not interested in Stamford Bridge role.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has turned down the chance to become the next Chelsea manager after committing his future to the Bundesliga champions.
Klopp was understood to be the number one target of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to be appointed in the summer, but the German has ruled out leaving Dortmund before 2016 when his current contract expires.
“I have a contract until 2016,” Klopp is quoted as saying by The Sun. “I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see.
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“I was the coach at Mainz before Dortmund for seven years. Each year I could have left for a Bundesliga club but I said ‘no, I have a contract, I will stay’.
“I enjoy what I’m doing here at Dortmund. It’s a great club, a great city, everything is okay. It is a really big honour for me, coming from a small village called Bretten in the Black Forest where 1,500 people live, that somebody thinks I can train Chelsea.
“It’s not a normal story, it’s a special story. But I don’t think about it. I had this situation when I was in Mainz. It’s not about the money for me. I have enough to eat three times a day! It’s a big honour, but in this moment I’m not on the market, I’m sorry!”
Klopp shot onto the radar of Abramovich after guiding Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, but he will now have to switch his attentions to alternative targets to replace interim manager Rafael Benitez, who stepped in to take over from Roberto Di Matteo earlier this year, in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
Everton’s David Moyes has been linked with the post with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, and there is the possibility that Benitez could be handed the role on a permanent basis despite opposition from sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a previously unthinkable return to Chelsea six years since being sacked by Abramovich with his future at the Bernabeu under scrutiny, while another La Liga boss – Malaga’s Manuel Pelligrini – is also in the frame.