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Klopp rules out Chelsea move

March 21, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is honoured to be linked with the vacant Chelsea job but has stressed he has no intention of leaving the Bundesliga champions.

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GettyImagesJurgen Klopp has not the ideal start to the season that he would have wanted

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Klopp has been mooted as a possible candidate to succeed the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in the summer, alongside Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola.

But, speaking to Sky television after his side's dramatic German Cup semi-final victory over Greuther Furth on Tuesday night, he said: "I can turn them down straight away.

"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 on Tuesday.

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.