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by Anthony J. Merced
Red Bull Salzburg have lost their Sporting Director to European rival Bayern Munich. The news came a week ago as Freund, who had been with Salzburg in various roles since 2006, departed for a similar spot at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Over his time in Austria, Salzburg went from a dynamic idea to one of the most dominant teams in the history of their country's football.
"It was clear to me that I wanted to accept this new challenge," said Freund. "I am very grateful to Salzburg for 17 successful and emotional years, and I will be just as committed to the club in this transfer period as I am known to be."
Bayern have taken a liking to Leipzig players, managers and staff in the past. Players like Dayot Upamecano, Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer have made the move to the giants. Most recently Julian Nagelsmann left his contract early at Leipzig in order to join the Bavarian giants. Now Munich has targeted the office staff that has created a successful model of youth football in Europe.
Salzburg have grown to be a modern day Ajax by producing some of the best players in the world. Players like Erling Haaland, Timo Werner and others have come through the team before moving on to bigger clubs on the continent. Nothing is expected to change in their model moving forward. The team is an annual member of the UEFA Champions League, hoping to break through in the coming years.
"I will always remember the countless wonderful and emotional moments throughout such a successful time together here," said Freund. "The experiences I have gained will also help me in my new role."