Cologne - Since Jürgen Klopp left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, the whole football world has been waiting for news of the 48-year-old strategist’s next move.
'I know I’ll talk to other clubs'
Yet for the man himself, making the most of what free time a sabbatical year brings is all that matters for now.
"I haven’t decided never to work again," Klopp said in a recent interview at the Frankfurt International Car Show. "I’ve never put my feet up in my life. I know that one day I’ll talk to other clubs. If I get the right feeling then we’ll get things moving."
Where and for whom are the questions every football fan is dying to uncover the answers to, but the former 1. FSV Mainz 05 and BVB head coach - spotted in the VIP lounge of the 05ers’ Coface Arena on Friday night - is keeping an open mind. "It might be a club that’s competing for titles," he revealed. "It could also be an up-and-coming team."
'I’ll be wiser'
In any case, Thomas Tuchel’s ongoing work at Dortmund is the perfect illustration of just how beneficial a bit of time away from the dugout can be. The 42-year-old, who stepped down from his position as head coach of Mainz in May 2014, has overseen 11 matches in all competitions since replacing Klopp at the Signal Iduna Park earlier this summer, with Bundesliga leaders BVB winning every one of them.
"I won’t only be well rested after my time off, I’ll also be a little wiser," Klopp explained, before casually switching topics and discussing the merits of the south of France. "Provence is a dream," he said of his most recent European jaunt. "Anyone who hasn’t yet been, I can only recommend it."