“I did everything I could, but Chelsea didn’t want to let me leave because the condition in place was that they had to bring in a replacement”
Last Updated: 29/03/20 9:01pm
Olivier Giroud has interest from Inter Milan, Lazio and Tottenham during the January transfer window
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he did all he could to move away from Stamford Bridge in January, but has quickly moved on from the disappointment of not being able to leave.
The 33-year-old struggled to get regular game time under Frank Lampard, as Tammy Abraham had an impressive start to the season as the spearhead of the Blues’ attack.
Giroud revealed he was desperate to move clubs in January, but a move failed to materialise as Chelsea were unable to bring in a replacement for him.
“To be honest, I saw myself playing elsewhere,” he told Telefoot. “I had six tough months, which is why I wanted a change of scene to get back to playing and enjoying myself on the pitch, so I tried to leave in January.
Giroud celebrates after adding Chelsea’s fourth in a 4-0 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
“I did everything I could, but Chelsea didn’t want to let me leave because the condition in place was that they had to bring in a replacement. On 31 January, I still hoped that I would leave. I was very disappointed, but I’d say that by the following morning, I’d put that behind me.
“I got straight back into the swing of things and was lucky that we had the winter break. I came back the week after raring to go and had the game against Manchester United when I…