Dutch club’s sporting director Johannes Spors on Chelsea links, Brexit’s impact and strategy that could deliver a European spot
Johannes Spors has spent considerable time immersed in football club alliances. As head of recruitment within Red Bull’s operation, he watched players move from Salzburg to Leipzig as outsiders screamed in horror. There was grumbling, too, as Chelsea sent 28 loan players on loan to Vitesse Arnhem following Alexander Chigirinsky’s takeover of the Dutch club. The numbers have diminished vastly but Armando Broja, a 19-year-old striker, has been temporarily – and successfully – dispatched to Arnhem from Stamford Bridge.
As Vitesse’s sporting director, Spors is accustomed to questions about Chelsea. “The background is simple,” he says. “The owner is one of Roman Abramovich’s best friends so that comes from a direct friendship. There are no contracts or satellite club agreements or whatever; this is two independent clubs who have had a good connection in the past through loan players.