Salzburg announces: friend not to Chelsea

Christoph Freund will not be the new sporting director of Chelsea despite the agreement rumored by the media. As his club RB Salzburg officially announced, the 45-year-old will remain in office with the Austrians. Managing Director Stephan Reiter explains: “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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Freund, whose contract in Salzburg runs until 2026, says: “As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea FC was interested in me. When such a big club asks, it not only honors 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 hands with FC Red Bull Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for me.”

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