English Premiership

Giroud never considered Chelsea exit

Olivier Giroud (AP)
Olivier Giroud (AP)

Cape Town - Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was never close to leaving the club ahead of the new season despite reports to the contrary.

The 32-year-old left Arsenal to sign for London rivals Chelsea in January but was linked with a move back to his native France with Marseille reportedly keen on his signature.

However, Giroud insists he never considered parting ways with the Blues so soon after signing for them and says he is where he wants to be.

"It did not go as far as was claimed," the 2018 World Cup winner told L'Equipe. "There was contact [from Marseille] last year, but nothing really concrete this summer.

"I had just arrived at Chelsea, it was not the time to pack my bags again three months later.

"For me, Chelsea is the top club in England, the one that has won the most titles over the last 10 years. I am where I wanted to be. So why leave?"