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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was linked with a January exit from the club after falling down the pecking order in Frank Lampard’s team.
Giroud has admitted that he was desperate to leave the club and there were links with Inter Milan, Lazio and Tottenham.
The Chelsea striker has now revealed that Inter interested him the most, but the Blues weren’t keen on losing him without signing a replacement.
“In January, I saw myself far away from Chelsea,” Giroud told Telefoot.
“I saw six complicated months ahead of me. That’s why I had the desire to change scenery. I tried to leave in January. It was all done, but in the end Chelsea didn’t want to let me go.
“I could only leave on the condition they found a replacement. I still hoped to leave on January 31.
“Everyone knows that Inter’s sporting project was the most interesting for me. Them aside, Lazio and Tottenham also looked at me.
“At one point, it was a question of where I wanted to play. I talked to Conte on the phone, he’s known me from when he took me to Chelsea: that was an advantage for me.
“In addition, Inter play in the Champions League. They’re a great club. Lazio, for their part, tried absolutely everything, even coming to London to try something, but the deal was blocked.
“I also talked on the phone to Lyon’s President, who expressed an interest in me, but I told him that my priority was going to Inter.”