Klopp reveals unexpected offers
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has told Sport Bild he turned down offers from clubs he “would never have imagined showing interest” during the summer.
In his five years at the Westfalenstadion, Klopp has become one of the most highly rated coaches in European football.
Dortmund had been struggling when the 46-year-old arrived from FSV Mainz in 2008, but Klopp has secured two Bundesliga titles and the 2012 DFB-Pokal, as well as leading the club to last season’s Champions League final.
BVB’s success has led to interest in several players from top European sides over recent seasons, and Klopp - linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea - has confirmed he too has received offers.
“Just as with Mats [Hummels], Ilkay [Gundogan], Lewi [Robert Lewandowski], Mario [Gotze], Marco [Reus] and more, other clubs have voiced their interest,” Klopp said. “There were a few enquiries. Some came from clubs whom I would never have imagined showing interest in me and my coaching staff.”
He insists he has “too much respect for BVB” to have considered the offers, however.
Klopp, who declined to name the clubs involved, added: “It’s not like I say: [in English] ‘Oh nice, I will come – how much do you pay?’ My answers are well considered and businesslike.”
Klopp also said he “had no career plan” and “without that plan” he ended up at Dortmund, where he feels comfortable.
Asked what could lead to an exit from the Westfalenstadion, he said: “The feeling of the team towards me would need to change; the feeling of the club towards me would need to change. If I no longer fulfilled or was willing to fulfil the expectations, it would be better to move on.
“There are no such feelings right now. Therefore, things are great for me at the club. It just gets better at BVB. I am 46 years now. We will see how long the BVB chapter lasts. I am not seeking an exit.”