Todd Boehly will remain Chelsea’s sporting director. In addition to being one of the co-owners and the president of the club. In London they took for granted the hiring of Christoph Freund to lead the renewal of the team, but it is not clear. The 45-year-old Austrian is the one who leads the list of candidates, but RB Salzburg are not interested in letting Freund escape. They have him.
In an interview with Sky Sport Austria, Freund spoke about Chelsea’s interest: “He’s a big guy in transition. I can’t say exactly what will happen in the next weeks and months, in football nothing can be ruled out, but I am the sporting director of Salzburg and I enjoy it a lot.”.
More blunt was Stephan Reiter, the CEO of the Austrian club, on Tuesday: “Christoph Freund has been doing an excellent job for several years and recently extended his contract until 2026.. I can confirm that he will remain sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg. He informed me of Chelsea’s interest and we exchanged some ideas on a personal level, but he will remain our sporting director.”
Chelsea’s intention was to fill the vacancy before the start of the World Cup in November, something that seems complicated after Freund’s refusal. At Stamford Bridge they are left without sports director.
Chelsea are still looking
Once Freund has been ruled out, after his recent renewal, Chelsea will continue to work to continue looking for a sports director. As anticipated Telegraph, the next names on the list they have in London are Steidten from Bayer Leverkusen and Victor Orta who works at Leeds. The negotiations will start from scratch, with Leverkusen being the favourite.