Victor Orta, the sporting director at Leeds United, has reportedly been linked to Chelsea.
Victor Orta, Leeds United’s sporting director, has been linked to Chelsea, according to rumours. Jesse Marsch addressed the rumours and said he wasn’t surprised given the Blues’ ongoing search for the ideal candidate.
For some time, the public has been aware of Chelsea’s search for a sporting director. Recently, they were on the verge of hiring Christoph Freund, but he ultimately decided to remain at Red Bull Salzburg.
Co-owner Todd Boehly holds high regard for Sevilla’s Monchi, though it is unclear whether he would leave the club a second time. Additionally, sources confirmed that Orta of Leeds and other candidates are receiving sincere interest.
Prior to Sunday’s match against Aston Villa in the Premier League, Marsch discussed the following with the media: “We (Marsch, Orta and CEO Angus Kinnear) went to Iberica, which I thought was a perfect place for Victor to tell us that he was leaving like a final dinner, but fortunately that was not the case. But we talked very openly about it.
“It was a little bit of a funny conversation because one of the things between Victor and I, I basically made him promise that he was going to stay with me if I came here, before I came.
“And I said but if you get an opportunity to go to a place like Chelsea, obviously with your family, with your family situation, I understand you have to consider it and in the end he has to make a decision for what’s best for him and his family.”
However, he added in his closing remarks that he was “hopeful” Orta, who has been at Leeds since 2017, will remain.