Jurgen Klopp has announced his intention to take an indefinite break from football management in the wake of his departure from Borussia Dortmund.
The German ended his seven-year stint at the Westfalenstadion in May and had been linked with a number of top posts in Europe, including a potential move to the English Premier League.
The 47-year-old led Dortmund to a pair of Bundesliga titles during his tenure while he also guided them to the 2012-13 Champions League final which they lost to arch-rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley.
He says he now wants to take a complete break from football in order to recharge his batteries.
“After seven intense and emotional years, I think it’s a good idea to let the numerous memories settle in before I take on a new challenge with my team refreshed and motivated,” Klopp said in a statement published by Germany’s SID agency.
“I’m going to take a break until further notice.”
Klopp missed out on the chance to leave Dortmund with victory in the German Cup final after Wolfsburg beat his side 3-1 on Saturday in his final game in charge.
After a nightmare start to last season that saw Dortmund bottom of the table in early 2015, they staged a recovery to finish seventh in the league and grab a berth in the Europa League qualifiers for next season.
Former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel will take over at Dortmund.
Barcelona and Juventus will contest this season’s Champions League final in Berlin on Saturday, with the Spanish side 1.35 to lift the trophy and Juventus 3.32.