Real Madrid: Should Jurgen Klopp Be a Candidate to Replace Jose Mourinho?

Thomas HallettCorrespondent IIJanuary 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22:  Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp faces the media during the Borussia Dortmund Training And Press Conference at Emirates Stadium on November 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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If there's one impressive trait that stands out for Jurgen Klopp, it's the youthful title-winning side he has assembled in Bundesliga Champions Borussia Dortmund. Oh yes, and his side-play-spectacular attacking football.

If Jose Mourinho does indeed follow through with his claims and eventually leaves Real Madrid at season's end, then Madrid would do extremely well to pick up one of Europe's most exciting young managers.

What we've seen from Madrid over the past two to three seasons is a focus on building a youthful side and a move away from signing players in the prime of their careers. Jürgen Klopp has already proven his abilities in motivating and guiding a young side to the title. But Borussia Dortmund is not Real Madrid, and last year's nearest title rivals in Bayer Leverkusen are absolutely no equal to Barcelona.

But is there enough on the part of Klopp to be considered for the Real Madrid job?

Yes, he has just recently signed an extension with Dortmund, which will keep him at the club until 2016; and he has added to his already hugely impressive first team through the acquisition of Macro Reus, who will join in the summer.

In contrast, Mourinho has allowed controversy to follow him for much of his time at the Bernabeu. There has been much made about the way he has looked to play against Barcelona and his handling of the Real Madrid dressing room. Reports of unrest among the Spanish players continue to emerge due to Mourinho's decisions and accusations during games.

Klopp's exuberance during games, however, has notably been a great benefactor towards his team's success; and yet, there is a seriousness about him to get on with the job at hand. A young manager who could do great things if he was afforded the time to grow with the talent on show at Madrid, and even move much of the negative focus away from his side ahead of and during their clashes with Barcelona.

At the same time, Klopp is building something impressive at Dortmund and has the foundations of a long-term successful squad in place. Will he want to move even for the chance to manage one of the top teams in world football?

Recent reports have linked Madrid with Klopp's compatriot Joachim Low—someone who holds similarly impressive traits to that of the Dortmund manager. An indication of where Real Madrid may be looking in terms of qualities in a manager?