German says he has no interest whatsoever in leaving the Bundesliga team.
In-demand Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City wanted him to become their new manager during the summer, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The German enjoyed a sensational campaign with his club last time out, guiding Dortmund all the way to the final of the Uefa Champions League, only to lose to fellow Bundesliga outfit and arch-rivals Bayern Munich 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
And that remarkable achievement came hot on the heels of Klopp leading Dortmund, a club that almost went bankrupt a few years ago, to back-to-back triumphs in the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, the latter of which was part of a memorable league and cup double for the Ruhr Valley outfit.
So it should come as no surprise to hear that some of Europe’s biggest clubs tried to convince the eccentric Klopp to become their trainer, as the 46-year-old is perhaps the most coveted young coach on the Continent at present after five glittering years spent in charge of Dortmund.
“There were some English clubs that called and wanted to speak with me,’ Klopp is quoted as saying in the Sun. “But there was no reason to talk to because … no chance.
“It’s only hard to understand if you always think ‘I can go to a bigger club’. I’m sure you could earn much more money at one or the other English clubs or at a Chinese or Russian club.
“But it’s not the most important thing. Money is important, of course. I am not Mahatma Ghandi. If somebody told me two years ago ‘some time they will you call you’, I would have said ‘impossible’. And then they called and it was nothing.”
Klopp, who has won 134 of his 232 matches in charge of Dortmund, is contracted to the Bundesliga outfit until June 2016.