Cape Town - Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed
that he was never close to leaving the club ahead of the new season despite
reports to the contrary.
The 32-year-old left Arsenal to sign for
London rivals Chelsea in January but was linked with a move back to his native
France with Marseille reportedly keen on his signature.
However, Giroud insists he never considered
parting ways with the Blues so soon after signing for them and says he is where
he wants to be.
"It did not go as far as was
claimed," the 2018 World Cup winner told L'Equipe. "There was contact
[from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer.
"I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was
not the time to pack my bags again three months later.
"For me, Chelsea is the top club in
England, the one that has won the most titles over the last 10 years. I am
where I wanted to be. So why leave?"