Despite reports in English newspapers, Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp said on Monday that he was never close to joining a Premier League club last summer. Speaking at his club’s pre-match press conference before a 2-1 win at Arsenal on Tuesday, Klopp philosophized about his current state of employment.
“I am 46, and in some cases of life, it’s not so young, and in some cases, it’s young enough,” he said (via The Guardian). “I have to work, and I want to work for a few more years, and maybe in the future, when my English is better, maybe then I will come to England.”
It’s easy to see that Klopp’s grass has been particularly green in recent times. Dortmund has finished in the Bundesliga’s top two in each of the last three seasons, winning the title in 2011 and 2012, as well as reaching the Champions League final last season.
Add the DFB-Pokal and DFB-Supercup wins in the last year, and Klopp has a nice little medal collection. In what is widely considered to have overtaken the Premier League as the best in the world, Klopp’s team sits on top of the heap, along with Bayern Munich.
“The grass isn’t always greener, and my biggest skill is to see luck when I have it,” Klopp said. “So I don’t think about different clubs, and I never said the name of one or the other.”
After Tuesday’s Champions League victory, Dortmund is in first place in Group F on goal difference, while BVB sits in second in the Bundesliga, one point behind Bayern.