Jurgen Klopp has his heart set on managing Manchester United, according to former colleague Eckhard Krautzun.
Klopp left Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season and has since announced he will take a year off before taking his next job.
Before deciding to take a sabbatical, he was linked with Real Madrid, Napoli and Manchester City.
But Krautzun, who worked with Klopp at Mainz, has revealed the 47-year-old is keen to take charge of United.
Louis van Gaal has two years left on the deal he signed last summer after taking over from David Moyes.
The Dutchman, who will be 64 in August, has hinted the job will be his last as a manager before retiring, although he has suggested he could extend his contract at Old Trafford beyond 2017.
But Krautzun believes Klopp, who won two Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final with Dortmund, will be keen to throw his hat into the ring when Van Gaal does step down.
He told Goal : “Jurgen speaks English.
“And since we spoke about United. He once told me, that one day, when it does not fit with Dortmund any more, Manchester United would be his club.
“But at this moment the job is taken. Klopp would fit perfectly to an English club that is well lead and well organised.
“One which has a very good board of directors. A club with one person reigning, like Chelsea, would not be right for him.”
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