Two-time Bundesliga winning manager Jurgen Klopp has put clubs on high alert after it was reported in respected German paper Bild that he wants to take year out of the game, despite his contract with the club running until 2018.
The 47-year-old manager is said to be exhausted after a tough, unsuccessful campaign in the Bundesliga with the 2013 Champions League runners up.
Dortmund are currently in 10th place, disappointing considering they finished finishing in second place last year. As a result Klopp has reportedly asked BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke to grant him early release from his contract at the club.
His relationship with sports manager Michael Zorc and CEO Watzke have said to have suffered in recent months, following Dortmund’s home embarrassment to Juventus in Europe and poor domestic performances throughout the season.
Thomas Tuchel is favourite to replace Klopp after reports of a £14 million contract offer being offered to the former Mainz boss.
This news is not what BVB fans will want, especially coming after rumours of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus joining Premier League clubs in the summer, although Reus’ long term contract, signed earlier in the year, could stay that outcome.
Klopp has been heavily linked to the Premier League in the past and with the speculation over Manuel Pellegrini’s position intensifying, there may be a job waiting for him in the summer, despite his calls for a year out. It's been said today that Arsenal are on the alert for his signature, though that will depend on Arsene Wenger's long-term future.
Dortmund have called a press-conference at 12.30pm to clarify his future.