Christoph Freund ruled out a move to the West London club.
The Blues are in the hunt for a new sporting director and their latest target Christoph Freund has confirmed he will stay at RB Salzburg.
Thomas Tuchel was replaced by Graham Potter as the club’s new head coach earlier this month.
Chelsea identified several candidates such as Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten and Paris Saint-Germain’s Luis Campos.
Todd Boehly fulfilled the role of sporting director in an interim capacity over the summer transfer window.
“As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea FC was interested in me,” Freund said.
“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.”
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