Todd Boelhy dealt blow as Christoph Freund opts to stay at Salzburg

Christoph Freund snubs Boehly

Earlier in the week, reports about Chelsea appointing Christoph Freund as sporting director surfaced. However, the Red Bull Salzburg sporting director has passed up the chance to join the Blues.

As part of Chelsea co-controlling owner Todd Boehly’s restructuring of the club’s administration, Freund had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Although it had been believed that the London club was expecting to announce an appointment soon, that would now seem unlikely.

In a statement issued by the Russian club, Freund said:

“As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea FC were interested in me.

“When such a big club asks, it not only honours me and the work of FC Red Bull Salzburg, it is, of course, also a circumstance that entails personal considerations.

“But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in the best of hands with FC Red Bull Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for me.”

Freund was thought to be a good fit by the club’s owners who were impressed with his bold ideas and shrewdness.

It is now being reported that Chelsea are looking to Monaco’s Paul Mitchell as an alternative.

RB Leipzig’s manager director Stephan Reiter said:

 “Christoph Freund has been doing excellent work for us for many years and only recently extended his contract until 2026.

“I can hereby confirm that he will remain sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg.

“Of course, he informed me about Chelsea FC’s interest in him and we exchanged ideas on a personal level and in good conversations.

“The fact is that he will remain our sporting director. We have not received any inquiries about a possible change.”

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