Veteran striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that his priority in January was to leave Chelsea to join Inter Milan.
Giroud looked to be on his way out of Chelsea at the turn of the
year, as he had struggled to force his way into Frank Lampard's team
over the first half of the season.
Inter were one of a number of clubs that showed an interest in Giroud
during the winter, with Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte having been the
manager that originally brought the France international to Stamford
Bridge from Arsenal in 2018.
Lazio, Tottenham and Lyon were among the other clubs that showed an
interest in Giroud and the 33-year-old has now confirmed that he did
expect to leave Chelsea in January and his preferred destination had
"In January, I saw myself far away from Chelsea," Giroud told
Telefoot. "I tried to leave in January. It was all done, but in the end
Chelsea didn't want to let me go.
"Everyone knows that Inter's sporting project was the most
interesting for me. Them aside, Lazio and Tottenham also looked at me."
Giroud has actually enjoyed more game-time at Chelsea over recent
months, thanks largely to Tammy Abraham's fitness concerns and a dip in
form for Michy Batshuayi.
However, the World Cup winner's long-term future at Chelsea still
remains up in the air, as he is out of contract this summer and Inter
could well renew their interest come the end of the season.
- TEAMtalk media