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Giroud: I really wanted to leave Chelsea

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has opened up on his failed January move away from Chelsea. Giroud was out of favour and Chelsea's thi...


Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has opened up on his failed January move away from Chelsea. Giroud was out of favour and Chelsea's third-choice striker at the time with the European Championship six months away.

A move away from Chelsea in January was inevitable but things didn't work out well for Giroud as Chelsea failed to sign his replacement and the move ultimately collapsed.

Giroud Téléfoot in an exclusive interview that he did everything he could but wasn't ready to disrupt the dressing room to force a move.

“I saw myself elsewhere after experiencing a complicated six months,” Giroud said.

“I did everything I could to leave Chelsea, but they did not want to let me go unless they could get a replacement. Inter Milan was my priority with contacts as well with Lazio and Tottenham.

“But the circumstances brought Chelsea to block me. This was not my choice. Aside from that, either you sulk or you come back fighting to win your place. The coach promised me more playing time, he kept his word. I simply took my chance.

“I knew that it was not prudent to go on strike or to try and mess with the atmosphere in the dressing room. Because that is not me, and because I knew that there was a large chance that I would stay at Chelsea.”

“(Lyon President Aulas) did call me. I told him that I was flattered but that my priority, at the time, was Inter… Deschamps warned me. We briefly spoke about the MLS, and no, that was not an option for me if I wanted to be at the Euros.”

Giroud has regained his place at Chelsea. He's currently the first-choice striker in the absence of injured Tammy Abraham with Michy Batshuayi below the two in the pecking order.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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