Christopher Vivell reveals why he joined a Chelsea as new technical director

December 23rd, 2022 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Former RB Leipzig transfer chief Christopher Vivell has revealed the rationale for accepting Chelsea appointment 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.”

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.

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