Jurgen Klopp Rules Out Move To Chelseaby Jack Kitson / 22 March 2012, 10:27
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a move to Chelsea this summer, although he has admitted he is flattered by the link. The German has been attracting interest following a successful season to date with Dortmund who are currently on course for a league and cup double. Another stumbling block for Chelsea is that Klopp recently signed a new contract taking his deal to 2016, although in the past they haven't been afraid to shed out millions of pounds to get what they want.
The former Mainz 05 boss joined Dortmund in May 2008 and soon after won the DFB-Supercup after beating Bayern Munich 2-1. In his first season in charge he guided the club to a 6th placed finish in the Bundesliga, which was followed up by 5th in the table which guaranteed qualification to the Europa League. In the 2010/11 season he successfully led Dortmund to their first Bundesliga title since 2002 and the club are currently on course to retain their title as they have a five point lead at the top of the table with eight matches remaining. Dortmund also reached the German Cup final after beating Greuther Furth on Tuesday.
Former boss Jose Mourinho remains the hot favourite for the job in the Next Chelsea Manager Betting, while caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo is rapidly gaining support following a decent start. The Italian has won four of his five matches in charge so far, including a dramatic 4-1 victory against Napoli in the Champions League. Rafa Benitez has been linked to the club from the moment Andre Villas-Boas was sacked but it is unlikely that Chelsea fans would welcome him with open arms. Pep Guardiola is also still in the mix but he is almost certain to sign a new contract with Barcelona this summer. Other names in the frame at this stage include Everton manager David Moyes, Guus Hiddink and Fabio Capello.
Chelsea let a 1-0 lead slip on Wednesday as Man City fought back to beat them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The defeat leaves Chelsea five points adrift of the top four with nine matches remaining. They will be gunning to get back to winning ways at home to fourth placed Tottenham on Saturday in what is going to be a crunch clash. Paddy Power have installed Chelsea as the odds-on 17/20 favourites for the win, while Tottenham can be backed at 10/3 to come away from Stamford Bridge with their first win since 1990. Meanwhile a draw is available at 5/2.