Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has said he has turned down the chance to take up a similar role at Chelsea.
Freund had been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as part of Chelsea’s co-controlling owner Todd Boehly’s revamp of the club’s administration.
It had been thought the London outfit were hopeful of making an appointment imminently, but that would now appear unlikely.
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.
Quoted in a statement issued by the Austrian club, Freund said: “As I have already confirmed in interviews, Chelsea FC were interested in me.
“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.”
Freund had been considered a good fit for Chelsea by Blues chiefs, who were impressed by his shrewdness, bold ideas and passion.
They felt that, after catching the eye at Salzburg, Freund would have dovetailed well with the new coaching staff headed up by recently-appointed manager Graham Potter.
It is reported that Chelsea have not completely given up, but they are also looking at other options. Paul Mitchell, of Monaco, is also thought to be of interest.
Boehly is currently doing the job himself on a temporary basis.