Giroud admits he’d feel sad to leave Chelsea

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was keen on leaving the club in the January transfer window and was close to signing up for Inter Milan.

At the end, the 33-year-old opted to remain with the Blues.

After a lack of playing opportunities in the first half of the season, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard decided to give the Frenchman more games after January, and Giroud impressed with two goals in four games.

Giroud who has now extended his contract by one more year has admitted that leaving Chelsea in January would have been sad for him.

He said: “When he told me that I was going to have more chances to show, I just trusted him, and I really want to fight for it, like I have done before at Arsenal.

“My motivation was very high. He gave me the opportunity and I just tried to pay him back. It feels like a new start. I want to win more trophies with Chelsea.

“I read in the newspaper that coronavirus influenced my decision. You cannot forget the situation, but when the club wanted to give me another year because I have shown a strong character, I felt that my journey at Chelsea was not over.

“I would have felt very sad if I had left the club in January.”

“When he told me that I was going to have more chances to show, I just trusted him, and I really want to fight for it, like I have done before at Arsenal. ‘

“My motivation was very high. He gave me the opportunity and I just tried to pay him back. It feels like a new start. I want to win more trophies with Chelsea.

“I read in the newspaper that coronavirus influenced my decision. You cannot forget the situation, but when the club wanted to give me another year because I have shown a strong character, I felt that my journey at Chelsea was not over. ‘I would have felt very sad if I had left the club in January.”

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