Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud remembers how he almost signed for Tottenham in January transfer window

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud remembers how he almost signed for Tottenham in January transfer window

The French striker wanted to leave Chelsea last winter because of lack of game time.

He had plenty of options, including the Blues' bitter London rivals.

However, as Chelsea failed to secure a replacement for him, Olivier stayed at the Bridge.

"During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach's office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me," Olivier Giroud told French media outlet So Foot via Goal.

"For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!"

In the first half of the last season, the French veteran was a third-choice striker for Frank Lampard, so his frustration and desire to leave were easy to understand.

After all the moves fell through, though, Giroud felt like a man reborn: he took part in 12 of Chelsea's 13 games across all competitions, started 9 of them and scored 7 goals.

As a result, Chelsea offered him a new one-year contract instead of letting him go on a free - and Olivier is not looking to leave the club even after Timo Werner's arrival. Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook
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