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Borussia Dortmund's departing Jurgen Klopp hotly fancied for Manuel Pellegrini's job at Manchester City

By Guy Aspin

Jurgen Klopp has put Premier League clubs on alert after announcing he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

The highly-rated coach will end his seven-year spell at the Westfalenstadion in the summer after the club agreed to release him early from his contract and he has been installed as favourite to replace the under-fire Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

The charismatic German revealed he has had no contact with any clubs, but stressed he did not plan to take an extended time-out from the game.

Klopp, a passionate and energetic coach, said he was not tired and added: "I believe this is the right decision at the right time.

"I have not had any contact with any other clubs, nor do I have any plans to take a sabbatical."

Klopp has enjoyed a hugely successful spell in charge since taking over in 2008, leading the club to two Bundesliga titles, DFB-Pokal success and the Champions League final.

This season has been more of a struggle, with the club battling it out at the bottom end of the league for much of the campaign and currently sitting 10th.

But Klopp said his decision was not down to the struggles this term.

He added: "I have in the last weeks and days asked myself if I was still the right manager and I wasn't sure. I couldn't answer with a yes."

The coach has transformed Dortmund since taking over from Thomas Doll in 2008 after making his name at Mainz, the club where he spent his entire playing career.

Klopp has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and Manchester City are the favourites to be his next destination, Pellegrini having come under mounting pressure as his side's title hopes have faded. City were thrashed 4-2 in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Arsenal have previously been suggested as a possible destination for Klopp, but it is understood the London club remain fully behind current long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman still has two seasons left on a contract extension he signed last summer.

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