Olivier Giroud has revealed how he was ‘blocked’ from making a move to Tottenham during the January transfer window.
The Chelsea forward was strongly tipped to leave the club during the winter window after playing a peripheral role during the first half of the season, the veteran having been keen to secure regular first-team football as he seeks to earn inclusion in the France squad ahead Euro 2020.
Despite a wealth of interest in his services, however, Giroud would remain at Stamford Bridge and has forced his way back into Frank Lampard’s plans in recent weeks, starting each of the club’s past three Premier League fixtures.
Giroud admits he was keen to depart during January and says a move to Inter Milan was his preferred choice, but has revealed how proposals from Lazio and London rivals Tottenham were also ‘blocked’ as Chelsea opted to retain the services of the 33-year-old.
“The most interesting for me was Inter Milan,” Giroud told Téléfoot. “The problem was that it dragged on. Lazio and Tottenham were there too, but I was blocked.”
Giroud’s professionalism has since seen him return to the side, scoring in vital victories over Tottenham and Everton in recent weeks, and the forward admits the possibility of going ‘on strike’ was never in his thoughts to engineer a move away.
“I knew I shouldn’t go on strike, or go to sulk in the locker room. Because it wasn’t me, and because I knew there was a good chance I would stay at Chelsea.”
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