I can’t take the Chelsea job – Highly-rated sporting director says

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Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has confirmed he won’t be taking the Chelsea job.

Todd Boehly had approached Freund to take the vacant job at Stamford Bridge, and the 47-year-old had initially suggested he may be interested in the job.

However, Freund has now revealed that he’d remain at RB Salzburg.

“As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea FC was interested in me,” he said on Tuesday.

“When such a big club asks, it not only honours me and the work of FC Red Bull Salzburg, it is of course also a circumstance that entails personal considerations.

“But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in the best of hands with FC Red Bull Salzburg and that a change is out of the question for me.

“We’re in the middle of a very intense phase and have important tasks to do in the (Austrian) Bundesliga, Cup and Champions League — that’s what my focus and concentration are all on.”