'Klopp was enthusiastic about joining Bayern Munich'

The current Borussia Dortmund boss was one of the candidates to take charge of the Bundesliga champions back in 2008

Mainz director Christian Heidel has revealed that current Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp came close to joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2008.

Bayern had lined up Klopp as one of the candidates to replace Ottmar Hitzfeld as head coach following his successful spell with Mainz and approached him by phone to formally express their interest, according to Heidel.

However, they eventually opted to appoint Jurgen Klinsmann instead, despite claims that Klopp was “enthusiastic” about their interest.

“I was sitting right next to him when he got a call from Bayern director Uli Hoeness,” Heidel told Bild.

“Bayern had two candidates and Klopp was one of them, the domestic option. Jurgen Klinsmann was the other candidate and he was the internationally renowned option.

“Of course, he started to get enthusiastic about it. When Bayern give you a call to express their interest, it always does something with you.”

Klopp was also courted by Bayer Leverkusen at the time before he opted to leave Mainz to take charge at Dortmund.

The 47-year-old has guided BVB to two Bundesliga titles and one DFB Pokal since, while also leading them to the Champions League final in 2012-13, which they lost 2-1 to Bayern.

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