‘Make no mistake’: Club expect their man to stay, although he has verbally agreed to join Chelsea – journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that RB Salzburg have confirmed to him that they expect Christoph Freund to remain at the club despite rumours that he has agreed to join Chelsea as their new sporting director.

Todd Boehly has been keen to hire a suitable candidate to fulfil that role, with it being widely claimed that they want the situation sorted before this winter’s World Cup.

It has also been reported that new manager Graham Potter is being consulted over who the right man for the job is.

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These conversations seem to have led the Blues to Freund, with many claiming over the bank holiday weekend that the move was imminent.

However, Jacobs has claimed that the Austrian side have told him that they are not in contact with the Blues over a potential deal.

He said: “Salzburg statement to me confirming they expect Christoph Freund to stay, despite their sporting director verbally agreeing to Chelsea.

Salzburg expect Freund to stay

“FC Red Bull Salzburg has never been contacted from Chelsea to talk about any transfer details of Christoph Freund. We expect him to stay.”

“It’s normal for a club to deny an outgoing sporting director, especially if there is a period of gardening leave incoming. Salzburg statement provides balance. That’s their current position. But make no mistake, as reported yesterday, Freund has already verbally agreed to Chelsea.”

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The situation will remind supporters of the Marc Cucurella saga, with Brighton making an official club statement that a deal had not been agreed between the two clubs, despite them reaching one just hours later.

Chelsea fans will just be wanting new board members in at this point, with the club still very light on important figures following the summer exodus.

With Freund credited to be the man behind deals for the likes of Erling Haaland and Sadio Mane, he certainly looks fit to serve the role at Stamford Bridge.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.