Chelsea’s appointment of Christoph Freund as their new sporting director might not go as initially planned as David Ornstein from The Athletic is reporting that the appointment is far from being imminent.
Christoph Freund is now considering staying at RB Salzburg after having second thoughts following Salzburg’s stance over his future, reports Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law. Chelsea Head of Youth Development Neil Bath had been considered for the role but is happy in his current job.
Salzburg insistence they expect Christoph Freund to stay is viewed as being part of the negotiation process and a sign they will want compensating. Stance could slow process down but Freund still very much seen as most likely appointment for Chelsea sporting director at this stage adds Matt Law.
Chelsea are not giving up as they continue to pursue an agreement with Salzburg to appoint Christoph Freund as their new sporting director despite Salzburg’s reluctance to allow him to leave. Salzburg are willing to make Freund a counter offer to stay and would demand hefty compensation, reports ESPN’s James Olley.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Sunday that Christoph Freund reached an agreement on contract with Chelsea as project was also approved.
Even though Chelsea is still pursuing Christoph Freund, they are expected to re-open talks with other candidates as Freund could now stay reports Fabrizio Romano on Tuesday.
Christoph Freund has been Salzburg’s sporting director since 2015, with his contract expected to run until 2026. He previously served as their sports coordinator from 2012 until he was elevated to his current role.