Football: Coach Klopp commits to Dortmund

Football: Coach Klopp commits to Dortmund

BERLIN - Coach Juergen Klopp has committed himself to Borussia Dortmund until at least 2018 after signing a two-year contract extension on Wednesday with last season's Champions League runners-up.

Among the most sought-after coaches in Europe, Klopp, who joined Dortmund in 2008, led them to the Bundesliga title in 2011 and the domestic league and Cup double in 2012 before losing to German rivals Bayern Munich in this year's Champions League final.

Ushering in an era of exciting, attack-minded football that has won over scores of fans worldwide, Klopp's arrival marked a turning-point for the 1997 Champions League winners who were on the brink of bankruptcy less than 10 years ago.

"No one needs to call until 2018," a smiling Klopp told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference in Dortmund. "We feel a lot of extraordinary trust and confidence in this club. This is a clear sign."

"It is an honour that some international top clubs consider that we are doing good work here but I do not belong to those who constantly think about whether the grass is greener somewhere else. So thank you but no chance," he said.

His coaching staff's contracts were also extended.

"To have four and a half years of secure employment in our business is unusual but we will not go soft," Klopp said.

Instead we have a huge appetite to take on the tasks at hand. We want to continue the successful path and ideally make it even more successful."

Unshaven and preferring a track suit to a three-piece suit on the touchline, Klopp is a crowd favourite in Germany, though his emotions have landed him in trouble, including in this season's Champions League where he sat out two matches for verbally attacking an official.

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