Christopher Vivell speaks out on joining Chelsea after being appointed technical director


    Christopher Vivell speaks out on joining Chelsea after being appointed technical director
    After a two-month wait the German’s arrival has finally been confirmed (Pictures: Getty)

    Chelsea have finally confirmed the appointment of former RB Leipzig transfer chief Christopher Vivell as the club’s new technical director.

    The German left the Bundesliga club – where he was responsible for recruitment and scouting across all age groups – all the way back in October but Chelsea have had to wait two months to announce his arrival.

    Vivell will head up the west London club’s new-look recruitment team and fill the void left by both Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech, though Chelsea are still looking to bring in a new sporting director too.

    The 36-year-old, who previously worked for Leipzig’s sister club Salzburg, has signed a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge and is excited about what the future holds.

    ‘Chelsea are building the most exciting project in global football and I’m extremely proud to be joining the club,’ Vivell told the club’s website.

    ‘There is so much potential for the club to continue to succeed, develop and grow.

    ‘Under the new ownership, Graham Potter and the broader sporting team, there is a clear and sustainable philosophy underpinned by performance analysis, data and innovation, and I am looking forward to playing a part in that.’

    Chelsea manager Graham Potter
    Graham Potter now has a horde of recruitment experts at his disposal (Picture: Getty)

    A joint statement from co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali said: ‘We are delighted that Christopher is taking up this important leadership role at the club.

    ‘His work in Germany and Austria speaks for itself. We are confident he will continue on his impressive trajectory here at Chelsea.

    ‘He will provide important support to Graham and the ownership group and play a vital part in advancing our overall vision for the club.’

    Vivell is one of a number of new additions made in the recruitment department in recent months and will have four others working under him, with his own focus being on data and scouting.

    Joe Shields was recently brought in as co-director of recruitment, while Paul Winstanley joined the club from Brighton last month in a new role as director of global talent and transfers.

    Laurence Stewart, who was at Monaco, has been given a focus on global football, while Kyle Macaulay works more closely with Potter and swapped the south coast for Stamford Bridge at the same time.

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