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Dortmund chief downplays Liverpool and Arsenal link

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Borussia Dortmund's highly-rated manager Jurgen Klopp says he no longer dreams of managing in the Premier League, despite being linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.

The 45-year-old has guided the German champions to the Bundesliga title for the past two seasons, whilst also integrating a near-perfect age structure of first-team players, geared very much to the future.

Sky Sports reports how Klopp was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool during the summer, before Reds owners Fenway Sports Group chose to appoint Brendan Rodgers to the Anfield helm.

Meanwhile, Patrick Barclay, in his London Evening Standard column, said he'd be surprised if Arsenal weren't monitoring Klopp with a view to approaching him as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger.

The Dortmund chief has both the physical stature, and the eloquence, to be more than a capable replacement for the current Gunners boss, and his philosophy to organise his teams to produce fast, attacking football means he would fit in well at the Emirates Stadium.

Earlier in his career, Klopp admitted a move to the Premier League was his 'dream', but now the reported Arsenal, and former Liverpool target, admitted he no longer feels the urge to move to England.

"I think the paradise of football is actually the German Bundesliga," he told Bild. "We have the most competitive and the most attractive league in Europe. It's the league with the tightest competition and with the best stadiums. The fans are great.

"Of course, England may be close to this. But that I am still dreaming about managing in England, this issue is over. That was something I was after when I started being a manager in the game."

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