English Premiership

Klopp on his way to England?

2015-04-15 12:15
Jurgen Klopp (AFP)

Berlin - Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has asked the Bundesliga club to be released from his contract until 2018 after the season, the Bild paper said on its website Wednesday, naming Thomas Tuchel as his potential successor.

Klopp, 47, came to Dortmund in 2007 from Mainz and led back from a difficult spell to success.

Dortmund won Bundesliga titles 2011 and 2012, plus the German cup in 2012, and reached the 2013 Champions League final. They were Bundesliga runners-up to Bayern Munich in the past two season.

Bild said that Klopp wants time off after the season which has been disastrous by Dortmund's standard, currently ranked 10th in the Bundesliga after being second bottom in the winter break, and eliminated in the Champions League.

Dortmund did not want to comment but have announced a news conference set for 13:30 (SA time).

Bild said that Tuchel, who was also Mainz coach from 2009 until 2014 and has been on a sabbatical since last summer, is believed to get a four-year contract as new Dortmund coach.

Tuchel was heavily linked with SV Hamburg, but Hamburg said Wednesday that they have ended talks and appointed Bruno Labbadia as coach until 2016.

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