Two possibilities for Chelsea sporting director after Christoph Freund rejects role

Todd Boehly, Chelsea owner

Chelsea have continued their lookup for a new sporting director subsequent Christoph Freund’s rejection of the purpose this week, with a watch to appointing a new particular person for the function shortly.

Co-owner Todd Boehly took cost of Chelsea’s transfer activity over the summer season but desires somebody knowledgeable for the function to manage long run transfer windows.

The Blues spent big in the summer, buying 9 players over the window and paying the most out of any team in any transfer window in record.

Now, they have lined up new targets immediately after Freund and Red Bull Salzburg verified the Austrian will be keeping in his role and honouring the rest of his 4-yr deal.

Chelsea wanting at Steidten and Orta

Chelsea have now lined up two targets: Leeds United’s Victor Orta and Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten, both equally of whom have encounter with recruitment and info, according to The Telegraph.

Chelsea worked with each directors over the summer season over transfer deals: they loaned out Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayer Leverkusen and ended up unsuccessful in working with Leeds United over Raphinha.

Steidten has been with Leverkusen since 2019 and took over in his role earlier this year, owning been the Head of Scouting previously, working on a youthful method to indicator gamers.

Orta, in the meantime, has overseen the club’s Premier League advertising, obtaining worked with administrators Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch to deliver in the right players.

In phrases of Freund, he spoke about a possible go to Chelsea, which he turned down: “Chelsea was fascinated in me. When a major club asks, it is a circumstance that involves individual issues.

“But I’ve come to the summary that I am in the finest of arms with RB Salzburg and that a change is out of the dilemma for me,” Freund concluded.

In a assertion, Salzburg main government Stephan Reiter added: “Christoph Freund has been doing excellent do the job for us for numerous several years and only just lately prolonged his contract until eventually 2026.

“I can hereby confirm that he will continue being sporting director of FC Red Bull Salzburg,” Reiter concluded, confirming Freund was to be in Austria for the extensive operate.

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