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Klopp insists he has no interest in succeeding Benitez at Chelsea


Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a summer move to Chelsea.

Once again Roman Abramovich will be looking to recruit a new manager at the end of the season, as Rafael Benitez looks hugely unlikely to be offered the chance to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard was a hugely unpopular appointment to succeed the controversially sacked Roberto Di Matteo earlier this season, and he has since done little to win over fans who can’t overlook his previous ties with Liverpool.

Whilst Jose Mourinho would be the ideal replacement, the return of the former Blues hero may be something of a fantasy and nothing more, although it does look increasingly likely he will leave Real Madrid in the summer. And with Pep Guardiola already deciding to join Bayern Munich, other candidates are thin on the ground.

One name which has been heavily linked with the Premier League club is Klopp, who has led Borussia Dortmund to successive Bundesliga titles and could add the UEFA Champions League to his honours list this season. However, the 45-year-old has ruled out leaving the Westfalenstadion, where he remains under contract until 2016.

Klopp said in the Evening Standard: "I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I'll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can't change but they will see.

"It is a really big honour for me that somebody thinks I can train Chelsea. It's not a normal story, it's a special story. But I don't think about it. I had this situation when I was in Mainz. It's not about the money for me. I have enough to eat three times a day! It's a big honour, but in this moment I'm not on the market, I'm sorry!"

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