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Chelsea legend reaches out to Jurgen Klopp with emotional plea for next job | Football | Sport

Michael Ballack has publicly pleaded with Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager of Germany after he leaves Liverpool in the summer. Klopp left fans at Anfield stunned in January when he confirmed this season would be his last at his helm, following eight-and-a-half years in which he’s cemented himself as a legend.

The 56-year-old has insisted he will initially take a break from football before taking up what he vows will be a final career role. The mounting speculation over Thomas Tuchel’s future has seen him touted for the Bayern Munich job, but ex-Chelsea man Ballack only wants to see him in one job.

“Of course, in a normal career, one day he would become manager of the German national team, everyone is looking for that,” he told Jeff Stelling on Football’s Greatest Podcast. Ballack however, who won 98 international caps for his country, also believes that Klopp’s success in England means there will be an abundance of offers on the table.

“He did a great job, he built something really special with his club. He’s now in that position he can make his own decision, he can build his own career,” he added. “He could train every club in the world, every club would be happy to have him. But he’s a guy who loves consistency and he has values.

“He has this calmness to not make quick decisions, he can take 10 times longer to pick his move especially from such a good environment that he has built himself. But we would love it one day because he has this quality, he has this character to symbolise all German attitudes. We need a leader like him. Whenever he’s ready I think the people and the fans would love it.”

The German side have been in disarray ahead of a home Euro 2024 tournament this summer. The 2014 World Cup winners are on a run of just one win in four friendly games, and in November suffered back-to-back defeats against Turkey and Austria.

Having replaced Hansi Flick in September 2023, Julian Nagelsmann is currently in charge on a short-term deal, and will relinquish the role after the Euro’s. The timing of his departure has inevitably led to speculation that Klopp will be next in line.

But were the ex-Dortmund boss to replace him, he would have to essentially scrap his pledge to step away from football for a short-term period. That notion appears unlikely, given that Klopp has also stated his desire to immediately work on personal property projects once he leaves Liverpool.

Upon announcing his departure, Klopp insisted he would not manage another English club before retirement. He remained coy on other options however, and stopped short of stating a desire to work with his national side.

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