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.”
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.”
Christopher #Friend is and remains sports director ❤️
The extensive media and public speculation of the last few days has prompted us to make the following statement: Christoph is and will remain the sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg, there is no move to Chelsea!
— FC Red Bull Salzburg (@RedBullSalzburg) September 20, 2022