‘I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016,’ said 45-year-old Klopp.
‘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.’
Klopp is the second big name manage to turn down Chelsea Roman Abramovich this year, after No 1 target Pep Guardiola spurned Abramovich’s money to join Bayern Munich.
So where does that leave Chelsea and their managerial hunt? It looks like the shortlist contains two former Chelsea managers; Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as well as Everton’s David Moyes. If Chelsea cannot land one of them, I would not be surprised to see Rafa Benitez brought back next season, if he finishes in the top four this season. And that will be a move that will be massively unpopular with Chelsea fans.