Borussia Dortmund super coach Jurgen Klopp is linked to top jobs with more frequency these days than Alan Curbishley is to mid to low-ranging Premier League outfits, with Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona all reported to be harbouring an interest in the German tactician.
The 46-year-old, however, is set to knock back all suitors to remain with Die Schwarzgelben, who he hopes will end the season as German Cup champions.
His side host Wolfsburg in the semi-final of the competition and can be backed at 87/100 to be beating the team sitting fifth in the Bundesliga at both half and full time in their Pokal clash.
Success in the domestic cup is not imperative if the club are to keep their much-loved coach in the dugout, with these three reasons all indicating that he’ll be manning the Westfalenstadion rudder next term.
He’s already building his squad for 2014/15.
Bundesliga goal-getting sensation Adrian Ramos has been drafted in to replace Bayern Munchen-bound Robert Lewandowski, while Nuri Sahin has been re-signed permanently after a successful loan spell from Real Madrid.
Matthias Ginter and, slightly surprisingly, Ji Dong-Won are also thought to be en route from Freiburg and Sunderland respectively.
Such eagerness in the transfer market is not a hallmark of a manager about to get on his bike come the end of the campaign.
He’s just enjoyed the best week of 2013/14.
Injuries and off-field issues have hampered Die Borussians’ ability to replicate the lofty standards set in previous seasons, but Klopp signed off on last seven days with a the broadest of grins on his face.
If he wasn’t tempted to leave when the going was tough, he certainly won’t be looking for an out after masterminding a Champions League victory over Real Madrid then beating fierce foes FC Bayern 3-0 at the Allianz.
He’s always said he’ll see out his contract.
Before he extended his Dortmund deal until the summer of 2018, Klopp had stated how important he values honouring commitments.
He didn’t bid Mainz adieu until his legal obligation ceased to exist and said he had no intention of departing his current post until at least 2016.
Upon tagging a couple more years on to his tenure, he is quoted as saying:
“No one need call until 2018.”