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Dortmund will ‘never’ sack Klopp



Juergen Klopp will never be sacked as Borussia Dortmund coach and is too young to be interested in the national team job, Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke said in an unusual declaration of loyalty.

Watzke told Monday's edition of Kicker sports magazine that Klopp is yet to be worn out in his sixth season at the club he led to the Bundesliga title in 2011, a German league and cup double in 2012, and into the 2013 Champions League final.

"I would never sack Juergen Klopp. Never," Watzke said, adding that Klopp would also not walk out of his contract which runs until 2016.

"Juergen Klopp doesn't sign contracts and breaks them then. He has never done that. He has a contract until 2016 and he fulfils it," Watzke said.

Watzke said that a time for contract renewal talks is yet to be set, but "that we are always interested in continuing with Juergen" because he is "not the least worn out."

Klopp, 46, is a natural candidate to take over the Germany team. However, Watzke does not expect him to take the job in case Joachim Loew steps down over a possible failure at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

"The national team coaching job is not an issue for him in his mid-forties. I believe he needs this daily challenge with the Champions League and the Bundesliga," Watzke said.

Dortmund top the early-season standings with a maximum 12 points from four games but Watzke remained modest and declared Pep Guardiola's treble-winning Bayern Munich, who lie second, favourites.

"I still see Bayern Munich in the pole position. Like it or not, Munich remains the centre of the football world. Bayern are the best team in the world and one the most successfully managed clubs in the world," Watzke said.

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