Olivier Giroud was set to leave Chelsea in January.
However, the Frenchman despite being linked to Inter Milan dawned the Blues training jersey on February 1st, 2020. He has not talked about his time at the club under Lampard and why he intends to spend another year at SW6.
“I was supposed to leave in the January transfer window because I wasn’t playing much and I needed more game time to make the France squad for Euro 2020,” he told Chelseafc.com. “I very nearly left the club but I really think that God wanted me to stay at Chelsea.
“The manager told me that he couldn’t let me leave because he didn’t have anyone to replace me. Everyone knows what happened so I won’t go back over it but the coach spoke to me privately and told me that he’d give more games.
“He kept his word and what then mattered to me was proving to him that he could count on me when I was called upon.”
“I came off the bench and scored in my first game against Manchester United,” he recalled. “The goal was ruled out because half of my foot was offside. In the next game, we were up against Tottenham, one of our main challenges for a Champions League place. I played and I scored. I kept my place in the side and then I found the net again against Everton.
“I simply seized my opportunity and I repaid the faith that the manager had shown in me. That’s why the club ultimately offered me the chance to continue my time at Chelsea and I accepted immediately because I like it here. I want to keep winning trophies and I want to continue to show the manager that he can count on me.
“Plus, with the whole coronavirus lockdown situation, I didn’t really feel comfortable with the idea of moving abroad and uprooting my family. I think a lot about our quality of life and we have a great setup here. I think a lot about my family now.”