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Jurgen Klopp might not return to management at a top club

Published 07/09/2015 | 14:58

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his next management role might not be at one of Europe's elite clubs.

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The former Borussia Dortmund manager was speaking about his future during the International Radio Exhibition in Berlin and told Bild that he was looking for an "exciting" project to work on.

"It doesn't have to be an absolute top club," he said. "There are other good projects that are exciting and [clubs] who need help.

"I don't know where I'll be heading to but right now, that's not important for me."

Klopp - who had planned to take time out from football - was linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool at the end of last season as he announced his decision to leave Borussia Dortmund. The summer spending spree the Anfield club has embarked on since would seem to indicate that this was nothing more than rumour and there is little chance of Arsene Wenger resigning any time soon.

Similarly, Manchester City moved quickly to kill any murmurs about Klopp taking over from Manuel Pellegrini and awarded their Chilean manager a new extended contract to erase any doubts over his position at the club.

"I know that if I will have the right feeling it will be a wonderful next chapter. You will see what happens and I find it exciting right now not knowing what will happen next," Klopp continued.

The German's agent, Marc Kosicke, seemed open to the possibility of Klopp taking over a non-Champions League club back in June:

"We do not only think about the top four because there are some other great clubs below them [...] If he goes into a stadium, feels the energy and thinks that he can make a difference here, this could be more attractive to him than going with the big deals and aim for the treble."

Clubs like Crystal Palace, Everton, Spurs and West Ham would all seem to fit the bill if Klopp were to move to a Premier League team. As if there wasn't enough pressure already, managers of any mid-table to top-four club will be very aware that if their side doesn't perform this season there is a very able replacement waiting in the wings.

Klopp, who speaks fluent English told BT Sport in 2014 that "England is the only country where I should work because I need language for my work. If somebody will call me about it then we will see".

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