Jurgen Klopp once told his former colleague Eckhard Krautzun that he will mange Manchester United after leaving Borussia Dortmund.
This is according to the aforementioned veteran coach Krautzun, who worked alongside Klopp at Mainz. The 74-year-old said they previously spoke about Manchester United, who the popular ex-Dortmund boss was keen to manage after leaving Signal Iduna Park.
Asked by Goal.com if Klopp would be perfect for the Premier League, Krautzun commented: ”Perfect? I don't know. But Jurgen speaks English. And since we spoke about United: He once told me, that one day, when it does not fit with Dortmund anymore, Manchester United would be his club.”
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Klopp is currently taking a six-month break from football following his exhausting seven-year spell with Borussia Dortmund but will consider re-entering management with another club at the start of 2016.
The 47-year-old has been linked with a host of top clubs in recent weeks - including Liverpool - but it seems certain that his next job will not be at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal’s position safe.
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"But at this moment the job is taken,” Krautzun added. “Klopp would fit perfectly to an English club that is well lead and well organised. One which has a very good board of directors. A club with one person reigning, like Chelsea, would not be right for him."
United are likely to turn to Guardiola
The same, however, has been said of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
Journalist Marti Perarnau - a close friend of Guardiola’s who wrote the excellent book ‘Pep Confidential’ - says the legendary Barcelona manager uttered the words “I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day,” when watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2011.
Of the two managers, Manchester United are likely to opt for the revered Guardiola after Van Gaal eventually leaves Old Trafford, despite what Klopp has achieved with Dortmund.
Guardiola assembled arguably the greatest club side of all time at the Camp Nou and has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his first two seasons with Bayern Munich.
Klopp is likely to end up at Liverpool, Manchester United’s fierce rivals, particularly if Brendan Rodgers suffers a bad start next season.
Rodgers’ was kept on at Anfield following talks with the club’s owners this week, but one suspects the situation may have been different had Klopp made himself available.
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