Christoph Freund is looking forward to his new job as sporting director of the German record champions Bayern Munich. “I’m really looking forward to the new task,” Freund said at a press conference at his current club Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.
Bayern is an “incredible club with incredible values and opportunities,” added the 46-year-old, who will take up his post on September 1 as the successor to Hasan Salihamidzic, who was sacked at the end of the season. “For me, Bayern Munich is one of the absolute top addresses in international world football,” said Freund: “I was impressed and the discussions have confirmed to me that this is a special and outstanding club that has incredibly big goals and can also achieve the highest goals in world football.”
Freund had also negotiated with Chelsea FC in the past, but after “intensive and exhausting” talks a change did not materialize. Actually, “I didn’t want to spend the next two or three years doing anything other than FC Red Bull Salzburg because the club gives me so much, I’m so happy here, I love going to work every day and I can do so much that I’m extremely happy and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said the Austrian: “That was the case up until Bayern Munich got in touch with me.”
He said it “again and again, also internally to my family: If Bayern Munich should report, it would be a great honor and I would of course deal with it,” said Freund: “Then the time had come and things took their course.”