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Saturday 1 October 2016

Mertesacker backs Klopp to be Premier League success

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has tipped compatriot Jurgen Klopp to make his mark in the Premier League if he opts to continue his career in England.

Klopp, 47, announced earlier this week that he would end his seven-year stint at Borussia Dortmund when the current season draws to a close, prompting fresh speculation that he could head for the Premier League.

Manchester City have already indicated that a man who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal in the past, is not in their sights, but Germany international Mertesacker insists Klopp (above) would be a good fit in the English top flight.

He said: "I've got some nice experiences in the Premier League and of course it would be nice if a German coach would take the challenge of working in the Premier League. It's not so good for Dortmund that he is leaving but hopefully one day he will manage abroad. I think his passion would fit and to see him in England would be very interesting.

"Everyone has their philosophy and I think Jurgen Klopp has proved that he's top-level and can teach a lot."

However, Mertesacker insisted Klopp, whose side are 10th in the Bundesliga table, will need time to decide on his future after a largely successful spell in Dortmund which has brought two league titles and a Champions League final appearance.

He said: "I think that this time he will find a path that gives him a new challenge."

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