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Mintzlaff comments on Vivell situation, confirms Nyland signing is nearly done

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

In his pre-match interview with Sky's German outfit, RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff spoke on both the sudden termination of technical director Christopher Vivell and the imminent signing of goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland.
Oliver Mintzlaff.
Oliver Mintzlaff.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag
Sky reporters obviously wanted to know about the future of recently terminated technical director Christopher Vivell (and related rumors linking both Vivell and star striker Christopher Nkunku with Chelsea F.C.) when speaking to RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff just prior to his team's kickoff against FSV Mainz on Saturday afternoon.

Mintzlaff was clearly irate at the line-of-questioning.

"We already know that Chelsea likes what we do," Mintzlaff said Saturday, "but I can't comment. I don't know of any talks."

"Chris has certainly done a great job over the last two years, but in the end things didn't fit anymore," Mintzlaff said specifically of Vivell, "If the trust is no longer there in football, cooperation no longer makes sense. That's why we released him. We made this decision with full conviction."

Mintzlaff did comment on the rumors linking Norwegian keeper Ørjan Nyland with the club. The former Norwegian national team #1, available as a free-agent, should be signed shortly as a replacement for the long-term-injured Peter Gulacsi.

Mintzlaff noted that talks were in the "final stage" and that an introduction should come within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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