Chelsea announce Christopher Vivell as new technical director after stealing sought-after chief from RB Leipzig

CHELSEA have appointed the highly-sought after Christopher Vivell as their new technical director.

The position was vacant at Stamford Bridge following Marina Granovskaia’s summer departure after a major shake-up by owner Todd Boehly.

Christoper Vivell has succeeded Marina Granovskaia as Blues technical directorAFP

NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTDChelsea were without a technical director following Marina Granovskaia’s exit[/caption]

But Vivell – who helped unearth Erling Haaland during his time with Red Bull Salzburg – has now succeeded the Russian.

An excerpt of a club statement read: “Chelsea FC is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Vivell.

“He joins immediately as the new technical director of Chelsea FC.

“Vivell comes to Chelsea from a previous role with RB Leipzig in his native Germany where he was responsible for recruitment and scouting across all age groups.

“During his time there he also co-ordinated the overall strategy for squad building and recruitment among Red Bull’s wider football group.

“Vivell previously spent five years with Leipzig’s sister club RB Salzburg in Austria as head of scouting and recruitment and prior to that was first-team scout at Hoffenheim.”

Vivell, 36, is looking forward to sinking his teeth into his new role, saying: “Chelsea are building the most exciting project in global football and I’m extremely proud to be joining the club.

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

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“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.”

Blues co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly 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.

GettyChristopher Vivell helped discover Erling Haaland during his time with RB Salzburg[/caption]

“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.”

Chelsea will resume their Premier League campaign on Tuesday, welcoming Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge.

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