Chelsea reportedly want to hold talks with Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten as they continue their search to appoint a new sporting director.

The Blues appear to be chasing a new important recruitment to their football staff, but Christoph Freund has confirmed he’s turned down recent Chelsea interest to remain as Red Bull Salzburg’s sporting director.

He reportedly had verbally agreed a move to the Premier League, but there’s clearly been a U-turn on his decision.

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According to The Guardian, Chelsea have now switched attention to 43-year-old German Steiden.

It is understood the London club want discussions with Leverkusen’s man over their vacant sporting director role at Stamford Bridge.

The report explains that Chelsea like Steiden’s approach to finding transfer targets with a heavy focus on data analysis.

However, The Guardian highlights a “potential complication” is that he only stepped into the role of Leverkusen’s sporting director last summer.

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Chelsea want Tim Steidten talks

21-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi left Chelsea on loan in the summer to join Leverkusen in the summer, which is giving him the chance to play Champions League and Bundesliga football this season. Incidentally, Steiden played his role in the transfer as the sporting director.

It’s great to hear the Blues are pressing ahead with their sporting director hunt after the Freund disappointment.

Chelsea need to find the right man that can align with their ideas because it’s going to be such a vital part of operations.

For certain, Graham Potter needs a say as Chelsea’s new head coach in this appointment.

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