RB Salzburg’s sporting director, Christoph Freund, was linked with a move to Chelsea, to become a part of the club’s board. It was reported that Freund had agreed terms with the London club.
However, we now hear that Freund has confirmed that he is staying with the Austrian club. Reports suggest the decision is as a result of Salzburg reluctant to let go og Christoph.
RB Salzburg announced: “Following speculation in the media and public in recent days, we wish to issue the following statement:
“Christoph Freund is to remain sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg and will not be moving to Chelsea!”
RB Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund confirmed his stay, stating: “As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea have been interested in hiring me. When a big club like that shows interest, it is an honour not only for me and the work of FC Red Bull Salzburg. I came to the conclusion that I am in the best place at FC Red Bull Salzburg, and a move was out of the question for me.
“We are in the middle of a really intensive phase, and we have big challenges ahead in the Austrian Bundesliga, Cup and Champions League – my full focus and concentration are directed on those now.”
Stephan Reiter, general manager of Salzburg said: “Christoph Freund has been performing wonderful work for us for many years, and only recently extended his contract to 2026. I can hereby confirm that he will remain FC Red Bull Salzburg sporting director. He informed me about the interest of Chelsea, of course, and we have spoken about it on a personal level with some good discussions.
“The fact is that he will remain our sporting director! He has not made a request with us to leave.”