‘I can certainly rule that out, neither Chelsea nor Christoph Freund have spoken to me’: RB Salzburg chief insists transfer guru STAY with the club, despite Todd Boehly reportedly closing in on making him its new sporting director
- Chelsea were reportedly close to signing a deal for Christoph Freund
- RB Salzburg has come out to make it clear they don’t expect him to leave
- Todd Boehly and Chelsea are looking for a new sporting director for the club
RB Salzburg has come out to make it clear they do not expect Christoph Freund to join Chelsea, despite reports that the Austrian was on the brink of becoming the new sporting director in West London.
Salzburg chief Stephan Reiter has threatened to extend the already messy saga, saying Freund can “definitely” be ruled out at Chelsea.
Speaking to Sky Sports Austria over reports that Freund was about to take the plunge to join Chelsea, Reiter appeared to deny any knowledge of any such deal, stressing that their sporting director was there to stay.
Christoph Freund (left) had reportedly been close to Chelsea in recent weeks
He said: “I can certainly rule that out, neither Chelsea nor Christoph Freund have spoken to me or the club management about anything like that.
“Christoph recently signed a contract with us until 2026, which applies to him as well as to players, managers or coaches.”
After experiencing a difficult summer of recruiting, in which Chelsea at times seemed to be scolded by clubs for their goals, their search for a new sporting director threatens to follow the same route.
It now seems that the sporting director of RB Salzburg will stay with the Austrian club
It was widely reported that Chelsea were about to complete Freund’s move to join the club as the new sporting director to work with Graham Potter, the club’s new manager, as well as Kyle Macaulay, the recruiting expert. who followed the ex. -Brighton Boss to Stamford Bridge.
Reiter’s comments, however, appear to have extinguished any chance of an early closing of the deal.
Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle has admitted he is not surprised that ‘world class teams’ are after the football guru, praising the work he has done with the Austrian side.
“Of course I noticed there were rumours, but I had no influence on that at all,” said Jaissle.
“He’s done a great job with Reiter and going down this road here – they’re doing a great job. It makes sense that absolutely world-class teams would be interested, but I can’t tell what the truth is.”
Todd Boehly and Chelsea are looking for a new sporting director to work with new manager Graham Potter
The appointment of a sporting director is therefore not considered obvious, reports The Athletic.
Although Freund was their main target, interest in the candidacy remains high and Chelsea have lined up a number of names.
It has been reported that Chelsea’s deadline to nominate a person for the role was during the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar on November 20, giving the club about nine weeks to find someone.
Last week, Freund himself commented on speculation about his future, telling Sky Sports Austria: “Chelsea is a huge club in transition.
“I can’t say exactly what will happen in the coming weeks and months. You should never rule out anything in football and Chelsea is such a big club.
“But I’m sports director in Salzburg and I like it a lot.”