It was the German newspaper Bild that printed the story and they have been earning an infamous reputation, especially on Twitter, as many fans have now learned that they are as unreliable as any other tabloid despite their one exclusive about Mario Götze to Bayern Munich.
I imagine the timing of the Götze story didn’t please Mr Klopp ahead of a Champions League semi-final against Mourinho’s Real Madrid and it looks as though they’ve upset him again as he angrily denied that he gave any personal information regarding the Portuguese manager’s future to the press.
“It is an absolutely ridiculous story. I never told anyone that Mourinho is going to Chelsea or another club. I’m not a person who does things like that.
“I heard this story before our game with Fortuna and I have to admit I was very sad and angry because it is completely false.
“It is a made up story. Mourinho is a colleague and a friend and I would never mess around in such a manner.”
This story shows no sign of ending and despite part of the reason being the fact that Mourinho is big news and these publications will make up all sorts to sell their papers, I can’t help but think that the likes of Jorge Mendes (Mourinho’s agent) is loving this sort of thing and may even be helping to fuel it.
Mourinho’s future is uncertain but many people in the game feel as though he’s likely to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, with Stamford Bridge being one of the more likely destinations alongside Paris Saint-Germain.
Ironically, Klopp is the manager I would see as the ideal man to replace Rafael Benitez at Chelsea but he’s got a good thing going at Dortmund and would be mad to leave there as things stand, especially if they do earn a European crown before the end of the season. But if he loses the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus as he did with Götze then he may be convinced to leave the club.