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Cross Jurgen Klopp Off The Potential Manager List

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Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp has appeared fairly frequently on Chelsea's supposed managerial targets this summer. That's for very good reason - the 44-year-old has helped turn BVB into a Bundesliga powerhouse. Dortmund finished 13th in the league before Klopp took over in 2008, and they're now trying to defend their first league title since the 2001/02 season. While they haven't made much of an impact in the Champions League yet, Klopp's running a young, exciting team that play good football, and it's easy to see why Roman Abramovich might be interested in his services.

Of course, it's also easy to see why Dortmund would be rather keen on keeping Klopp around, and club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said in no uncertain terms that his manager isn't going anywhere:

Chelsea do not bother me one bit. It is not for nothing that Jurgen Klopp has just extended his contract until 2016. He will not be going anywhere. It is quite simple.

This isn't a situation where Dortmund need to sell, or Klopp has a release clause or anything of the sort. Nor will Klopp be putting any pressure on his club to let him go, saying of his rumoured links to the Blues:

I can turn [Chelsea] 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.

So, if you were a big fan of the idea of luring Klopp to Stamford Bridge, it looks as though you're out of luck. Sorry! Personally, I'm not overly fussed - I like Klopp plenty but if he were to be appointed the whole thing would have an Andre Villas-Boas 2.0 vibe to it, something we'll probably try to avoid in future.

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