Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he “did everything” to try and force through an exit from Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
The France international, who netted the Blues’ fourth goal in their 4-0 victory over Everton on Sunday, was down the pecking order in West London and was eager to secure a move in an attempt to get more first-team football.
But no move ever ended up coming to fruition, meaning he had to stay at Stamford Bridge, even though opportunities looked as though they would be limited.
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However, an injury to Tammy Abraham, who has scored 15 times in all competitions this season, opened the door for Giroud to try and stake a claim for himself once again.
Now, though, Giroud has revealed just how desperate he was to leave Chelsea back in January.
“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].
“In the end, with the circumstances, Chelsea did not want to let me go. The crucial condition for my departure was to have a replacement.
“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.
“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…