Jurgen Klinsmann says he's staying

Updated: March 17, 2012, 8:37 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann would not leave his position to manage English club Tottenham Hotspur, he said Saturday on "Soccer Today" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

Harry Redknapp, Tottenham's current manager, is the overwhelming favorite to become England manager, left vacant after Fabio Capello resigned in February.

Although English bookmakers continue to list Klinsmann as a top contender to replace Redknapp as manager of Tottenham Hotspur in England's Premiership -- where he starred in the mid-1990s -- Klinsmann forcefully dismissed such speculation, insisting he's not going anywhere. Klinsmann received a three-year contract in July 2011 to replace Bob Bradley as coach of the U.S. team.

"I know the English media," Klinsmann told Soccer Today. "... It's just normal that they throw out names.

"I have a wonderful relationship with Tottenham and with all my teams that I played (with) as a player. I know the people (there), I know the environment. It's a wonderful club. But I said that already weeks ago that I'm extremely proud and privileged to be U.S. national team coach. I'm not starting a job or a project and giving it up after a couple months That's not me.

"I want to guide (U.S.) players toward a level hopefully that they will reach and hopefully we will have, after successful qualification, a great World Cup in Brazil (in 2014). Then in soccer, like in any other environment, you never know what happens. (But) when there are speculations coming from Europe, it gives you a quick smile and you move on."

As part of the interview, Klinsmann talked about the national team's recent win in Italy as well as the breakout season Texas native Clint Dempsey is having at Fulham in the Barclays Premier League.

Klinsmann described his first eight months in the job as Dempsey's national team boss as a "blast."

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