Klopp confirms he will be leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer
Jurgen Klopp’s time at Borussia Dortmund is coming to a close, with the German confirming that he will be standing down at Signal Iduna Park in the summer.
Klopp has been a highly successful manager with Dortmund and his decision to leave will have alerted several Premier League clubs, including Manchester City who are allegedly considering a change of manager this summer.
Klopp led Dortmund to successive Bundesliga titles and became the first Dortmund boss to win the domestic double.
He also guided them to the Champions League final, in which they were beaten 2-1 by fellow German side Bayern Munich at Wembley.
“It’s not that I’m tired, I’ve not had contact with another club but don’t plan to take a sabbatical,” he said.
Klopp told a news conference: “I always said in that moment where I believe I am not the perfect coach anymore for this extraordinary club I will say so.
“I really think the decision is the right one. This club deserves to be coached from the 100% right manager.”
Several bookmakers are offering odds on Klopp’s next club, with Manchester City an 8/11 chance with Sky Bet. The 47-year-old has plenty of experience of managing in the Champions League and he has also demonstrated an ability to be successful without spending huge sums of money.
Ladbrokes with their new free bet bonus and Coral go 6/4 about Klopp having City as his next club, while Real Madrid and Arsenal are next on the list, although whether the Spanish giants would take a punt on him is another matter.
As for the Gunners, it depends on how long Arsene Wenger lasts at the Emirates Stadium, with the Frenchman set to continue for the time being.
Klopp would certainly appear open to the prospect of managing in England, although City might prefer the potentially safer hands of Carlo Ancelotti should the Italian leave Real Madrid in the summer, while the name of Rafael Benitez refuses to go away.