Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has ended speculation over his future by putting pen to paper on a new deal with the club that will keep him at the Westfalenstadion until 2018.
Klopp, whose back-to-back title successes in 2011 and 2012 made him one of Europe's most sought-after coaches, will have spent a decade at the club should he see out the duration of his new deal.
The signing will come as a great relief to the club's fans, with reports earlier this week suggesting that Klopp was being eyed to take over the German national side following Joachim Low, per the Daily Mail's John Edwards.
As that article suggests, he has also been linked with a number of Premier League sides over the past couple of seasons. However, up to now, he has remained loyal to his Dortmund employers.
Klopp's side have captured the imagination of many for their success on both domestic and European platforms, operating with what has been a vastly inferior budget to some of their rivals.
Over the past couple of seasons, the side have also dealt with the loss of players such as Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze while remaining competitive on all fronts—all of which has been done with a high-paced, attacking philosophy.
Klopp has been an excellent tactician and motivator, getting the best out of a squad that, although talented, had little previous experience of challenging for titles.
His side have been wonderful in the transfer market, picking up the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kagawa and Mats Hummels relatively cheaply, before turning them into players desired throughout Europe.
Obviously, Klopp's scouting department deserve much credit for their contribution in that respect, but it is the manager who has adapted his team to several changes and on each occasion kept them playing to incredibly high standards.
There will be disappointed chairmen across Europe after the latest development on his future. A number of clubs had doubtlessly identified Klopp as their possible next move if the need for a new manager should arise.
He may not see out his contract at Dortmund before someone plucks him away, but the new deal should see him remain for at least a couple of years longer.