Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not planning a move to England, despite growing speculation that he will be a Premier League boss in the not too distant future.
Klopp was quoted last week as claiming that his next move would be across the Channel, but now stresses that he is 100% focused on Dortmund and is not thinking that far ahead.
“I don't think about my future at this moment,” he told reporters ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League match at Arsenal.
“The only other language I speak is English and for my type of coaching, I need the language.
“But not now, I don't know when. I don't plan things like this. Sometimes timing is very important. But I have unfinished business with Dortmund in this moment.
“This is a really big challenge at the moment. I feel maximum of responsibility for [our league position].
“It is easy to feel responsible for winning games, it is much more difficult to handle this feeling now.”
Appointed Dortmund manager in 2008, Klopp led the German outfit to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2011, as well as to the Champions League final in 2013, with his success cementing his reputation as one of Europe’s top coaches.
His side sit 16th in the Bundesliga at present, however, following a slow start to the season, but that has not stopped his name being linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.
Dortmund have also fared much better in the Champions League this term, having claimed a place in the last-16 with two group games left, and can seal top spot with just a point against Arsenal.
For Klopp, the match at the Emirates Stadium could be the chance to both prove his credentials to the Arsenal board and heap more pressure on the under-fire Arsene Wenger, but he stresses that he is oblivious to the Frenchman’s current situation.
“I don't know so much about the situation of Arsenal and British football. I don't know what the people think here,” he said.
“My plan is not for us to take our foot off the gas. In our situation we need each game to get more stability, we have to use the game tomorrow for the Bundesliga.
“We need stability, that is our big problem. If we can play very good against Arsenal, it will help us for the Bundesliga.”