‘Honour to be linked with Madrid’

Borussia Dortmund Coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he will stay at the German club next season.

The 45-year-old tactician has been linked with the Real Madrid job in recent weeks, but the German has claimed that he will still be with the Bundesliga side next term, whilst also commenting on the Champions League clash between the two at the end of this month.

“I'm going to ask Jose what he's going to do next year,” he told AS. “I'm going to be the Coach of Borussia Dortmund next season unless something drastic happens and they get rid of me.

“Next year I will be in charge of Borussia – nothing more to say. If my name is being mentioned in Madrid as the possible successor to Mou, if he is leaving, then it's an honour.

“It's better that they say what they want about Klopp than they say what they want about anyone but Klopp. Next year I will be at Borussia, for sure.

“The bad news is that I'm only focusing on Mainz 05 at the moment. To be honest I haven't had time to think about Madrid in any great depth, but I will say two things.

“It's a fact that the team we played in the group stages is a very different proposition from the one we'll face in the semi-finals.

“In the group stages Marcelo was missing and there were attacking players out injured. Madrid will be stronger, but so will we. We're going to enjoy ourselves, but play hard and the simple fact that we're in the semi-finals is something very special for us.

“Madrid are a very talented side that look for possession and to push forward. We can't leave Cristiano alone and we also have to attack. Madrid will be better informed about how to play against us; we're not at that stage yet. We'll have to wait a little while to find a solution.”

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