FRANKFURT: Jürgen Klopp has asked to leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer and confrimed a parting of the ways at a press conference.

The 47-year-old has a contract until 2018 but had asked the Dortmund ceo Hans-Joachim Watzke to stand down three years early.

The club spent almost the entire first half of the season in the relegation zone and although results have improved since the winter break, the campaign has been a huge disappointment for a club used to challenging for honours.

Last month’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Juventus further cemented the feeling that the club was stagnating.

Klopp arrived from Mainz seven years ago and has won the Bundesliga title twice and the German cup once. They were also runners-up in the Champions League to rivals Bayern Munich in 2013.