Chelsea claimed that they have confirmed a deal with Christoph Freund for the position of sporting director. Although later, he has confirmed that he is not going to be a part of the club.
Earlier this week, the Blues and Freund established a personal understanding. Nevertheless, Salzburg later went public to highlight that they had not been consulted and insisted that the sporting director would stay.
Chelsea had hopes from Christoph Freund
After learning on Tuesday that Freund had changed his mind and was hesitant to break his new contract. Chelsea was hopeful that a deal for Freund would be finalized this week and has been taken by surprise by the decision.
“When such a big club asks, it not only honors me and the work of FC Red Bull Salzburg, it is also of course a circumstance that entails personal consideration.
“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.” said Christoph Freund.
FC Salzburg’s managing director claimed that he and Freund had a good conversation, on a personal level. Hence, the decision of staying with Salzburg has been a mutual idea. The managing director mentioned that Christoph has already extended a contract till 2026.
Who has a chance to take up the role of sporting director?
Chelsea has been in contact with several number of prospective hires for the position. This also includes Monaco’s Paul Mitchell, who is interested in moving to Stamford Bridge.
Reportedly, Luis Campos was also under consideration. It’s just about time to see who becomes the next Chelsea’s sporting director.