Shall we play a game of Deal or No Deal? Dries Mertens in?
“I don’t want to play the game. The window is probably 95 per cent shut for us. I know there are hours left of it. The answer would be no to probably I’m guessing the players that you are saying.”
Will Olivier Giroud leave?
Is he happy with that situation, then?
“Olivier Giroud in this window has been incredible as a professional and as a man. We all know that there has been interest and I have sat here in every press conference and said ‘if its right for Olivier, for myself and the club’ and he has been impeccable in that period. I have got huge respect for him for that and as a player. The answer again is no. Will he leave? No.”
Has he trained today?
So no problems?
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Any ins or outs?
“No, that’s what I am saying. And the no ins means no outs.”
Tammy Abraham, how is his injury?
“He has trained today and felt okay. We need to see if there is a reaction because it is a pain injury. There is a lot of pain and even in training he has pain. So I am going to look at that one overnight and test him in the morning.
“He did get out there today which is a positive in the longer term.”
How would you sum up the window? Frustrated?
“I wouldn’t say frustrating as I am very aware of how football is. Some things are not in my control. My first thought as always is what happens on the training pitch. It’s clear that we wanted to bring players in.
“I certainly wanted to bring players in. I think I’ve made that pretty clear over the last few weeks and it hasn’t happened.”
Giroud would be disappointed not to leave, so now get the best out of the situation after the transfer window?
“Yes, it is my job with all the players to try…