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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Oct 20, 2013

Klopp: I said no to Chelsea and City

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has revealed that he turned down the chance to take over at both Chelsea and Manchester City to remain part of "the most exciting project in European football".

The eccentric manager, whose side lost to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League final, revealed he was targeted by some of Europe's biggest clubs including Chelsea, who saw him as an ideal replacement for Roberto Di Matteo, and City, who wanted him to take over from Roberto Mancini.

Napoli also tried to lure the German before they appointed Rafael Benitez, but he said he was happy where he is and told The Sun: "There were some English clubs that called and wanted to speak with me. But there was no reason to talk to them 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 Gandhi. If somebody told me two years ago: 'Some time they will call you', I would have said: 'Impossible.'

“And then they called and it was nothing. In life you have to be at the right place at the right moment. And I am at the right place at the right moment."

Many of Klopp's players have not shared that philosophy, however, with Nuri Sahin heading to Real Madrid and Mario Goetze joining Bayern. Star striker Robert Lewandowski is also expected to leave.

Klopp, whose side are second in the table after beating Hannover, added: "Players try to fulfil their dreams. I couldn't have dreams when I was their age. My dream was not to fall down on the pitch.

"I am 46 and have been coaching at this level for four years. I didn't start out thinking this team could be champions. "I didn't think: 'Oh, when we are champions where can I go?' If you think about other clubs, you also have to think about what you have here. And it could not be much better anywhere else.

"It's not possible. Because at this moment, in this stadium, with this managing director [Hans-Joachim Watzke] and this technical director [Michael Zorc], everything fits. Absolutely. "Maybe Roman Abramovich is a great guy... sometimes. Or anybody else. But, really, I have footballers at the top."

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