Confirmed: Jurgen Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund on July 1
Jürgen Klopp will leave his position as Borussia Dortmund head coach at the end of the season, the Bundesliga club confirmed in a press conference this afternoon.
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told a lunchtime press conference that the club had agreed to release him early from his contract.
The charismatic German has long been linked with a job in the Barclays Premier League and Manchester City have been installed as favourites to land the highly-rated coach.
"I chose this time to announce it because in the last years some player decisions were made late and you couldn't react," he said.
"It's not that I am tired, I don't have any contact with another club but I don't plan to take a year off either.
"This club deserves a manager who is 100% right for the club, and that's why I made the decision."
The coach also said his decision was not due to Dortmund's struggles this season. The club have battled it out at the bottom end of the league for much of the campaign and currently sit 10th.
Zorc thanked Klopp for all he had achieved in his seven years at the club, saying: "We have written football history with you, Jurgen. You have given the club much energy and optimism."
Klopp, regarded as one of the most talented coaches in European football, has been in charge of Dortmund since 2007, winning two Bundesliga titles and guiding the club to the Champions League final in 2013.
This season has been more of a struggle, though, with Dortmund fighting at the bottom end of the league for much of the campaign. They currently sit 10th.
German newspaper Bild reported that the 47-year-old contacted the club’s hierarchy in order to have his contract terminated and bring an end to his successful spell with the Signal Iduna Park outfit.
Manchester City are the hot favourites to land Klopp, should he leave Dortmund.
Betfair have cut the price on the charismatic German replacing under-fire Manuel Pellegrini from 14/1 to 2/1.
Arsenal have previously been suggested as a possible destination for Klopp were the German to leave Dortmund.
However, Press Association Sport understands the Emirates Stadium club remain fully behind current manger Arsene Wenger, who still has two seasons left on a contract extension signed last summer and is preparing the squad for an FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley while also focussing on catching Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.