Olivier Giroud has openly spoken about how Chelsea stopped him from joining other European clubs this January.
The French World Cup winner was linked with an exit from the club after suffering for six months at Chelsea without getting regular starts. However, January came and went by and Giroud had to stay put. The striker has now admitted that even he did not see this coming.
“Even I saw myself elsewhere to be honest. I went through six complicated months,” he told Telefoot . “That’s why I tried to leave in January. I did everything [to leave].
“The most interesting club for me was Inter. The problem is that it dragged on. In the end, and even if Lazio were there towards the end and Tottenham too, it was no longer a question of where I was going to leave but could I leave. There was nothing to do. I was stuck.
“I knew that anyway I shouldn’t start going on strike or wreak havoc in the locker room. First of all, because it is not me and also because I knew there was a good chance that I would stay at Chelsea. That’s why I stayed flawless and professional until the end.
Giroud went on to add that Lampard’s promise finally bore fruit on his professional behaviour as he has now started four games on the bounce for Chelsea in a difficult situation.
“There were two reactions: either I mope around myself or I fight for my place. That’s what I did. And the coach who promised me more opportunities to play kept his word and I took my chance.”