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Chelsea suffer blow in pursuit of Christoph Freund as Red Bull Salzburg say he stays


It’s official, Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund will not travel to Chelsea.

It has been widely reported that the Blues are set to announce the appointment of Freund as their new sporting director with owner Todd Boehly currently taking on the caretaker role.

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Freund was wanted by Boehly, who recently revealed his admiration for Red Bull’s business model

But Freund does not leave!

But Freund does not leave!

However, that will not happen now.

Salzburg owner Stephan Reiter said: “Christoph Freund has been doing a great job 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 of 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 requests regarding a possible change.”

Freund said in a statement: “When a club like Chelsea are interested in you, it’s a great honor not only for you, but also for the work of the club in general.

“But I have come to the conclusion that FC Red Bull Salzburg is the best place for me.”


Freund has held the position since 2015

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Freund has held the position since 2015

“We are in the middle of a very intense phase and have important tasks ahead in the Bundesliga, the Cup and the Champions League – that’s what I’m focusing on and concentrating on.”

The Austrian outfit also had a little fun with the news, using the iconic “I’m not leaving” scene from Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Please note that the video below contains coarse language that you may find offensive.

All kidding aside, this will be a blow to Chelsea and Boehly as they have to start over in their bid to hire a new sporting director.

Freund has been Salzburg’s sporting director since 2015 and has been credited with unearthing the likes of Erling Haaland, who was at the club between 2019 and 2020.

As a player, Freund was a defensive midfielder who never played outside of his native Austria.

He joined the Salzburg youth academy, where he spent six years, long before the big money from Red Bull arrived.

Freund became sporting coordinator in 2012 before succeeding Ralf Rangnick as sporting director in 2015, with the German being promoted to oversee operations at Salzburg and sister club RB Leipzig.

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