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Klopp denies Chelsea links

by Michelle Fortune , 11 February 2013

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has moved to distance himself that he will be joining Real Madrid or Chelsea in the near future.


Klopp has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season if Rafael Benitez is not offered the Chelsea manager's job on a permanent basis.

He has also been mooted as a potential replacement for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho at should the Portuguese decide to move on from the Bernabeu in the summer.

However, the 45-year-old has made it clear he has no plans to leave Dortmund after guiding them to two Bundesliga titles.

"I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I'll definitely stay until 2016," he told the Evening Standard.

"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.

"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 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."

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