Giroud reveals transfer to Tottenham was close: ‘I was determined to leave’

Olivier Giroud has revealed he was determined to leave Chelsea during the 2020 January transfer window and that he was close in joining London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Giroud joined the Blues in 2018 from Arsenal but after only 18 months at Stamford Bridge the France international had hoped he could leave. The lack of first-football was the main reason for Giroud to think about a transfer.

The move was never pushed through and Giroud then ended up being a first-team regular for Chelsea during the final matches of the season. He ended up with 10 goals from 25 appearances. However, he did admit he was close on leaving the club. “During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,” he told So Foot.

“For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!” The target man also reveals that he was close on a move to the Premier League prior to his move to Arsenal. He enjoyed his breakout season at Ligue 2 side Tours and he received offers from several clubs in the UK, including Celtic and Middlesbrough.

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