Former Chelsea striker wanted to sign for Tottenham

Olivier Giroud was once desperate to join Tottenham.

The French forward has spent six years at Arsenal before making his move to Chelsea in the summer of 2018.

The veteran forward struggled for game time at Chelsea and eventually left the club in 2021.

Currently, he plays for AC Milan where he has scored 14 goals in 38 games.

Giroud went on explaining that he was desperate to join Tottenham to push for a move out of Stamford Bridge.

“At that time, I was not getting regular playing time at Chelsea, I was the third-choice striker, so I tried to find a solution with Frank Lampard,” Giroud told reporters.

“I couldn’t remain in that situation. I wanted to leave, but Lampard told me that he needed a replacement.

“He promised me that I would have had more chances and gave me the opportunity to do so, I think I scored eight goals in the final ten games of the season. At that time, Italian clubs were very interested.

“I was so desperate to leave that I even told Lampard that I’d have joined Tottenham because I knew that Jose Mourinho wanted me.

“In the end, I think it would have been difficult because I had played for Arsenal.

“Destiny wanted me to be here, wearing the Rossoneri shirt.”


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