Jurgen Klopp will not necessarily join a Premier League club after he leaves Borussia Dortmund, says Paul Lambert.
Former Villa boss Lambert is friends with Klopp, 47, who has announced he will quit as manager of the Bundesliga side in the summer.
Klopp, who has won two German titles at Dortmund, has previously suggested he would consider working in England.
"I wouldn't expect it. It wouldn't surprise me if he never came," Lambert told BBC Radio 5 live.
"He's going to be in demand from a lot of countries and he will be a big name for a lot of teams."
Lambert, a European Cup winner with Dortmund in 1997, met Klopp on a coaching course in 2004 and, after his departure from Villa in February, spent nine days observing the German's methods at the Westfalenstadion.
Klopp's record at Dortmund has made him a highly rated manager in Europe, not only for winning two titles, but for guiding the club to the 2013 Champions League final.
That has led to him being linked to jobs in the Premier League, including Manchester United before the appointment of Louis van Gaal, Arsenal during lean spells at the Emirates, and recently with defending champions Manchester City.
And Lambert, who has been linked with the Dortmund vacancy in the summer, believes that Klopp would be a good fit for English football, should he ever make the move.
"If you ask me 'would he come to England?' I think he would because obviously he knows the language, he's a clever guy," said Scot Lambert, 45.
"I think he will be great for the Premier League, because of the way he is.
"He's got the mentality of a British coach - I also think he's very clever. I don't think he'd have any problem adapting to British football."