Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp rules himself out of Chelsea running

 

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admits he is honoured to be linked to the vacant Chelsea job, but says he has no interest in moving to London.

The German has been mentioned as a possible candidate, alongside with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola, but while Klopp is flattered he is happy in Westphalia.

"I can turn them down straight away," he told Sky television after his side's dramatic German Cup semi-final victory over Greuther Furth last night.

"I will not be moving there. But I do think it is cool that I am being named in the same breath as Mourinho and Guardiola.

"That is enough for me - that is already a personal triumph, but I am not available, sorry."

Klopp took over as Dortmund coach just under four years ago and led them to a place in the Europa League in his second season in charge.

He followed that up with the club's first Bundesliga title since 2002 last season while they are now on course for a league and cup double having reached the final last night.

They have a five-point advantage over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with eight games of the season remaining.

The charismatic coach, who also works as a pundit for Germany's ZDF television at major international tournaments, extended his contract until 2016 in January this year.

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