Chelsea & Manchester City wanted Klopp

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp claims he rebuffed the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City because he is in the 'right place' with last season's Champions League finalists.

Klopp has established himself as one of the most well regarded coaches in club football during his time with Dortmund, having led them to two Bundesliga titles and last year's European showpiece.

The 46-year-old's work in transforming BVB from German also-rans into Champions League contenders has not gone unnoticed by the game's superpowers, and Klopp was a target for several clubs in the summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City were among those, as both sides looked to appoint new managers following the respective departures of Rafael Benitez and Roberto Mancini.

Klopp, however, had no interest in moving to Chelsea or Manchester City, and says he did not even consider talking to either club when they came calling at the end of last season.

"There were some English clubs that called and wanted to speak with me,” Klopp told The Sun when asked directly about Chelsea and Manchester City.

"But there was no reason to talk to because... no chance.

"It’s only hard to understand if you always think ‘I can go to a bigger club’. I’m sure you could earn much more money at one or the other English clubs, or at a Chinese or Russian club.

"But it’s not the most important thing. Money is important, of course. I am not Mahatma Gandhi. If somebody told me two years ago ‘some time they will call you’, I would have said ‘impossible’. And then they called and it was nothing.

"In life you have to be at the right place at the right moment. And I am at the right place at the right moment.”

The German also further placed in doubt an eventual move to Chelsea, by hinting that he would not be comfortable working under a trigger-happy owner like Roman Abramovich.

He added: "Maybe Roman Abramovich is a great guy... sometimes. Or anybody else. But, really, I have footballers at the top. Nobody tells me after a defeat ‘how can that happen?’ They know it can happen.

"Sometimes we lose and we feel really awful. Together."

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