As many as four Premier League clubs are left disappointed after among Europe’s most talent spotters, Paul Mitchell, signed a contract.
Sky Sports News has learned that the former Spurs and Southampton recruiting chief has turned down a host of lucrative offers to return to the Premier League and will abandon his current function as Head of Recruitment and Development at RB Leipzig at the end of September to become Technical Director of Red Bull’s Global Football division.
In less than two decades, Mitchell has rebuilt a Leipzig squad which sits unbeaten on top of the Bundesliga after four matches and returned home in Lisbon on Wednesday morning after a 2-1 win away to Benfica in the Champions League, courtesy of two goals in nine minutes from Germany striker Timo Werner.
What is more impressive is that the Leipzig facet is the youngest at the Bundesliga – a squad expected to challenge the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the seasons ahead.
In the past 18 months Mitchell has been linked at Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United and having offerings from Bundesliga clubs and European.
In his new function, while also working together with squads at New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Bragantino in Brazil Mitchell will continue to influence growth in Leipzig.
Red Bull are known to have worked to lure Mitchell for at least six months to stay and are thrilled to have their prized asset under contract for a further three decades.
The new function is also expected to visit Mitchell return to the United Kingdom, as it’s going to be based at his family home.
The 38-year older, who hails in the Manchester suburb of Denton, is credited with jeweled talents including Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Dejan Lovren while in Southampton – then Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son if he had been cooperating with Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.
His young Leipzig squad was encouraged in the summer with all the arrivals of Ademola Lookman in Everton for #16.2m and the loan signing of Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu and PSG Christopher Nkunku.
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