Klopp decides time is right to leave

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April 15, 2015 13:15:07 UK

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Jurgen Klopp’s seven-year spell in charge of the 2013 Champions League finalists will come to an end this summer.

The 47-year-old head coach has been linked with Arsenal in the past and has also been tipped as a possible successor to Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

Dortmund have endured a difficult season and, although they have risen to tenth in the Bundesliga table, they started the campaign dreadfully and at one point were at the foot of the standings.

They lost their last game 3-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach and were beaten by Juventus in the last-16 of the Champions League.

It’s not that I’m tired, I’ve not had any contact with another club but don’t plan to take a year off.

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp took charge of Dortmund in 2008 and was contracted to the club for another three seasons.

He guided Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and to German Cup glory in 2012.

Klopp also led the club to the 2012-13 Champions League final, where they were edged out by Bayern Munich at Wembley.

He said at a news conference: “It’s not that I’m tired. I’ve not had any contact with another club but don’t plan to take a year off.

“I really think the decision is the right one. This club deserves to be coached from the 100 per cent right manager.

“I always said in that moment where I believe I am not the perfect coach anymore for this extraordinary club I will say so.”

Borussia are 6.50 to beat Paderborn 2-0 in their next Bundesliga match this weekend and are 2.10 to win both halves.

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