Red Bull Salzburg Sporting Director Christoph Freund has confirmed that he has declined Chelsea’s offer to join the club as their new Sporting Director.
Freund and Chelsea agreed to personal terms for him to join them as their new Sporting Director. Still, Red Bull Salzburg went public insisting the London club had not contacted him over their move for their Sporting Director, adding that he would not be leaving the club.
Salzburg and Christoph Freund have confirmed that he will not be leaving the club to join Chelsea.
“As I have confirmed, Chelsea was interested in me,” Freund explained. “When such a big club asks, it not only honours me and the work of FC Red Bull Salzburg, but it is also a circumstance that entails personal consideration.
“But I’ve concluded that I’m in the best hands with FC Red Bull Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for me.”
Salzburg’s managing director Stephan Reiter added: “Christoph Freund has been doing excellent work for us for many years and only recently extended his contract until 2026. I can confirm that he will remain sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg.
“Of course, he informed me about Chelsea’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.”
Chelsea has been hunting for someone to take over the club’s Sporting Director role, with Monaco’s Paul Mitchell amongst the names to have been considered.