Christoph Freund reveals striker talks and refuses to rule out Chelsea role after high-profile Stamford Bridge trip

Christoph Freund Stamford Bridge September 2022

Christoph Freund has refused to rule out taking Chelsea’s vacant sporting director role after a high-profile visit to Stamford Bridge with Salzburg on Wednesday night.

The Salzburg transfer chief soaked up a huge result for the Austrian champions with high fives on the Chelsea pitch. Freund also spent plenty of time with young Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle and his staff as they celebrated a 1-1 draw.

The 45-year-old Freund certainly did not assume a low profile in west London after reportedly holding talks with Chelsea. Noah Okafor’s counter-attack goal sent Chelsea to the foot of Champions League Group E after two matches and Freund was lapping up the attention.

New Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are looking for a new sporting director to head up their new vision. The PA in fact claim the club are open to filling two new administrators to their backroom team.

Whether one of those will be Freund is undetermined, but there have been negotiations between the parties. And Fabrizio Romano has claimed the Salzburg director is one of the “main names” on the list.

Freund revels in Bridge point

And he certainly did nothing to dampen the links between him and Chelsea on Wednesday.

“You should never rule anything out in football and Chelsea are such a huge club,” said Freund.

“Chelsea is such a huge club in transition. I can’t say exactly what will happen in the next few weeks and months.

“But I’m sports director at Salzburg and I really enjoy it.”

Chelsea are also understood to be talking to Paris St Germain’s Luis Campos as they pursue a new “multi-club model”.

Boehly has been keen to sound out Freund on the finer workings of Red Bull and their two Champions League clubs – Salzburg and Leipzig.

Freund also revealed Chelsea were keen on Benjamin Sesko with talks taking place over a move for the striker.

“I’ve had exchanges with Chelsea from time to time,” Freund told Sky Sport Austria.

Chelsea wanted Sesko

“We spoke a lot more a month or two ago because they were interested in signing Sesko.

“The new owners are interested in how we do things with young players, how we integrate them into the first team.

“But you have (those conversations) again and again with other clubs, that’s it.”

Boehly is hoping to get a new recruitment team in place to oversee the January transfer window. The American negotiated the deals in August, but he wants an experienced figurehead to take the lead ahead of January.

Boehly is looking to alter the model at the club and take the lead from the likes of Red Bull.

Chelsea, in the Roman Abramovich era, have always loaned players out to European clubs. Now they want to build a “footprint” where Chelsea can loan young players out to connected clubs. That will allow them to make sure their development is in line with their ethos and help bring more players through into the first team.