Chelsea target Jurgen Klopp won’t leave Dortmund before 2016
Chelsea target Jurgen Klopp says he won't leave Borussia Dortmund before his contract expires at the German champions in 2016
Jurgen Klopp says he will not leave Borussia Dortmund before his contract expires in 2016, despite reported interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The 45-year-old is one of the most highly-rated coaches in Europe having broken Bayern Munich’s stranglehold on domestic football in Germany.
Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, while Klopp’s side were 5-2 winners against Bayern in the German Cup in May.
It has prompted reports suggesting that the former Mainz manager could replace interim head coach Rafael Benítez at Chelsea or Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho in the summer – but Klopp is adamant he will see out his Dortmund contract.
“I have a contract until 2016. 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,” he told the Evening Standard.
“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!”