Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp categorically denied any rumours linking him with the vacant role at Chelsea this week.
The 44-year-old won’t be the last to distance himself from the Stamford Bridge post before the summer is out but he was one of the managers that many hoped would not get caught up in the Chelsea drama.
His Dortmund side are the defending Bundesliga champions, look well-placed to take the domestic double this year and have a wonderfully vibrant young squad that is targeting the Champions League and improving on their elimination at the group stage this year.
The Dortmund side’s progress is being eagerly followed by many across Europe, and having signed an extension to his contract in January until 2016 it looks like Klopp is set to stay at Dortmund for some time.
With a crucial title run-in heating up Klopp has done well to remove himself from the running before the speculation caused any damage to his side’s chances of fending off Bayern Munich.
“I can turn them down straight away. I will not be moving there,” Klopp said.
Patrick Vieira believes Manchester United showed “weakness” by calling Paul Scholes out of retirement in January to bolster their ranks.
He is right to a certain extent – it’s pretty ridiculous that one of the biggest clubs in the world still relies on a 37-year-old to run their midfield.
Many believe it was a lack of foresight that Sir Alex Ferguson failed to sign a new midfielder in the summer, but it seems the United manager believes Tom Cleverley and Paul Pogba can step up.
Since Scholes’ return United have are undefeated in nine league games, with the Ginger Prince contributing two goals – so the veteran has clearly still got it.
Vieira might also want to look a bit closer to home because welcoming back Carlos Tévez, who disgraced himself and the club, shows a lot more weakness.
City have £89m worth of strikers in Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero but still feel like they could use the tempestuous Argentinian’s services, no matter how damaging it will be to team morale.
And what about Vieira’s old club Arsenal bringing back Thierry Henry for a short loan spell?
Vieira has had his words shoved down his throat by United before and the Red Devils will be be happy to do it again.
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