Sunday 25 March 2018

Arsene Wenger: Jurgen Klopp to Arsenal 'circus' is 'a bit ridiculous'

Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger shake hands
Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger shake hands

Jeremy Wilson

Arsene Wenger has described the fervour surrounding the future of Jurgen Klopp and other leading managers as a “circus” that he finds “a bit ridiculous”.

Klopp confirmed on Wednesday that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season but stressed that he would like to continue in management. He has long been perceived by some as a potential successor to Wenger even though Arsenal remain complete in their support of their current manager for at least the next two years.

Wenger appeared unimpressed when the subject was raised repeatedly at his press conference for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading but he did say that Dortmund would still thrive once Klopp has left.

"I’m not an agency to place managers and I like every manager and respect everybody, but I find that circus a bit ridiculous,” said Wenger.

 “It’s down to every club to make the right decision and to respect Dortmund. Dortmund is a massive club and will survive, and has the ability to keep their best players. They have a big history linked with great results and great achievements so I don’t think that will stop for Dortmund.”

Asked what advice he would give a manager coming from abroad to England, Wenger said: “Try to get your ideas through. Adapt as well to the local culture and respect it.”

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