Former Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl will succeed Michael Zorc as sporting director in 2022, according to Kicker.
The 41-year-old was a key driving force behind the decision to appoint Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach Marco Rose in the coming summer and was also responsible for implementing the hygiene concept at the club, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zorc will retire from his role as Borussia Dortmund sporting director at the end of the 2021/22 season which will see Kehl, BVB’s head of licensed players’ department, take charge.
Discussions between Kehl and CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke were positive. The former midfielder has convinced Watzke of his ambitions and concepts and will continue to work closely with Zorc before taking over.
Former Borussia Dortmund chief scout Sven Mislintat, now VfB Stuttgart sporting director, had been linked with a return to his former club before Kicker’s report.
Kehl played 362 games in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 22 and creating 29 and has also featured 32 times for the German national team.