Champions League Final: Jurgen Klopp contented at Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund Jurgen Klopp has stressed that he is not in a hurry to manage in the Premier League.
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Last Updated: 25/05/13 6:45pm
Klopp has been constantly linked with jobs in the Premier League over the past couple of years and was strongly tipped to take charge at the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, Klopp - who has masterminded the recent success at Dortmund - is looking forward to locking horns with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich next season.
"At this moment, like my players can go to many clubs, I can go to many clubs too," he told the Sun.
"If I say 'hello, please me bring me offers' maybe some clubs will start running to Dortmund, maybe, but I'm not interested because at this moment this is one of the most interesting football projects in the world.
"The most important thing is that the players want to hear what I say. I cannot change my personality each week. It's very important how the relationship between the team and me is.
"And if someday we feel okay that's not the perfect situation then we have to think the club need a new thing.
"So I'm pretty sure that I will know when it's the right moment for this. If somebody thinks I am a better coach than last year because my team played better now than last year, he's not intelligent.
"If somebody wants me as a coach he has to be really sure of this because when I come I change many things. There's no place for any doubt. We have to go the way together or not.
"It's not so hard but it's important. If in three or four years or whenever somebody wants me and my team we can speak about it. At this moment this is the best place for us."
Klopp admits it is not easy to see his best players leave on a regular basis.
"It's not so easy for players to find another club with this whole package but it's possible. They have different dreams, their own or those of their father or their mother, I don't know," he said.
"It's absolutely normal that different human beings want to go different ways. If you go to other places you think it's better. And you go there and you see '****, it's not as good as I thought'.
One of those he found it hardest to say goodbye to was Shinji Kagawa, who joined Manchester United last summer and he says he is upset to see the Japanese star on the fringes of the first XI at Old Trafford.
"It's really hard. Last year Shinji Kagawa - one of the best players in the world. He now plays on the left wing. My heart breaks when I watch this, it's so hard for me but he said 'I want to have this challenge - Manchester United'.
"For Japanese people it's bigger to play for United than Borussia. I cannot go to Japan and say 'please leave Shinji alone. Tell Shinji you want him to play in Dortmund'. We cried in each other's arms for 20 minutes when he left. I asked 'why are you going?' One year before Nuri Sahin went because Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world."
He admits it was different when he heard current star Mario Gotze had agreed a move to Bayern.
"Nobody thought he would leave. It was like a heart-attack. I heard it one day after we beat Malaga. I had one day to celebrate and somebody thought it's enough and threw me on the floor," he continued.
"In a way it was like grieving. The next morning was much better. I had more time to handle this. For the team it was hard.
"We are brave enough to make decisions like to bring 18 or 19 year old defenders such as Hummels and Subotic in the Bundesliga and not think only experience is the most important thing. You have to be brave and start with the young guys and we did."
Klopp insists that just because Bayern can spend more than Borussia, it does not make them bigger or better.
"Money is not important. Money increases the possibility of success but is not a guarantee," he said.
"We are not a supermarket but they know we cannot pay our players so much money and it's not our way. We cannot pay like Real Madrid and Barcelona. We have to work seriously. We get this money so we can pay them this money."